An obvious method would be to put bike lanes on more roads when appropriate. Increasing bike racks would make it more convenient for bikers to get around the city and not feel chained to a cumbersome bike at all times. The presence of bike racks on buses would also make riders feel that a city is biking-friendly. Above all, having enjoyable and scenic bike paths will encourage biking as an activity, which in turn boosts biking as a form of transportation.
Washington, DC has a great bike share program, called Capital Bike Share that has increased bike ridership drastically.
Capital Bikeshare puts 1,100 bicycles at over 110 stations across Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA and they can be returned to any station near your destination. you have the option of joining onto a 24 hr, 5 day, 30 day or one year membership and have access to bikes 24 hours a day, year round.
Cities could also increase the numbers of their bike-riding populations by holding bike-centric festivals. At these festivals they could raffle off bikes and bike riding accessories, having the double effect of getting people amped about bike riding and actually increasing the number of bikes on the road.
Hosting city wide bike races is key to raising community awareness and acceptance of bicycles and bicycle riders.
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