Hello hello from Buenos Aires again, bicikids. A group of friends and I (including my new pals Will and Robin from Biking Buenos Aires) were sitting around a salad pile at lunch yesterday, and we started musing about how we would regulate on the city to make bike commuting the ultimate BEST. Translation: if you were
King in Da Castle in charge, what rules would you apply to your city as a bike-commuting all powerful ruler of the streets? Here are some reasonable (and unreasonable) regulations we came up with:
13 Ideas for 2013, as a Bici-Regulator:
- Install a “Bicipista” – like an autopista but instead of cars, only for bikes. It would stretch all across the city from Palermo to Belgrano to San Telmo.
- Put all the buses in the middle of the six-lane roads like the Metrobus in Mexico City, with footbridges to the bus stations at the median to keep the buses away from the bike lanes. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Initiate a mandatory “bicisiesta”… if you ride your bike to work, you get a two-hour lunch, so you can eat and then have a siesta!
- Count the hours of your bike commute towards your 8 hour work day. Biking on the clock!
- Make a new rule that all apartment buildings should allow bikes in the lobby, so that residents don’t have to bring them up the elevator to store them in their apartments.
- All parking garages must provide secure 24 hour bike parking.
- Connect all bike trails to all schools: high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and universities. All bike paths should get the students where they need to go!
- “Bicibars” in the downtown areas: provide incentives for the bars to include bike parking and bike repair stations in the bars.
- Offer business incentives to make more bike kitchens and bike fixing collectives like La Fabricicleta.
- Let’s get harsh: Get rid of all street parking in downtown and replace it with separated bike lanes!
- “Bicitaxis”- illegal for taxis to cruise around certain parts of the city, so replace them all with bike taxis… hey if rickshaws work in India, this could work in Argentina, right?
- Replace city school buses with Bike buses, where the driver is the teacher, and all the kids pedal.
- Provide city wide showers, lockers, and changing rooms for all bike commuters so they can change before and after work.
I love lists, and I love Friday Musings. So, Bike Commuters, hit us up in the comments box if you’ve ever had some crazy ideas that you wanted to regulate in your city.