Are cities that are walkable also good for bikes?



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    Not necessarily.  Since a walker’s needs can differ quite dramatically from a biker’s, a city perfect for one may not suit the other.  For example, since someone walking probably doesn’t want to have to travel more than a few miles, a city built for walking will probably be fairly condensed, while a city suited for a biker can be much more spread out, but needs wider roads and less dense traffic (Austin is a good example of this).  Moreover, for a city to be biker-friendly, it usually needs things like bike lanes, bike racks on buses, and bike racks on side walks, whereas a walker friendly city really just needs sidewalks and crosswalks.

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    Generally speaking, yes. If shops, places of business and parks are situated close enough to each other that walking is feasible, and more than likely walking paired with public transportation, biking will get you to your destination all the faster with no need to locate parking once you arrive.

    Biking in a walkable city is ideal except for a couple notable draw-backs. If many commuters in a city choose to walk, sidewallks will be more crowded, this forces bikers to ride in the street, which is a riskier venture. Also the need for good public transportation in a walkable city is recognized, even with the use of a bike. Space allowance can be limited for those wishing to bring a bike with them onto a train, trolley or bus.

    A couple speed bumps aside, a bike in a walkable city will prove to be an asset, especially when you are comfortable with the streets and with your bicycle.

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