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Cycling in the Americas - October 2016

“Cities need to take the bicycle seriously as transport and make it an equal partner. Well-designed infrastructure introduces a hierarchy and improves behaviour – cars go in car lanes, bikes go on bike paths or lanes and pedestrians use sidewalks.”
– Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagenize Design Company

This report answers the following key questions:

  • What motivates ‘path-using’ cyclists?
  • What are the factors determining whether or not city residents are likely to cycle?
  • Why are some cities more ‘bike-friendly’ than others?
  • Why is 2017 a deadline for completing the Trans Canada Trail?
  • What are the causes of animosity between cyclists and drivers?
  • Why are some Americans nervous about taking up cycling?
  • What is the meaning of a ‘ghost’ bike?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview – The History of the Bicycle

          • Early bicycles in America
            • Modern bicycles: A surfeit of choices
              • BMX bikes
                • Electric bicycles
                  • Fatbikes
                    • Folding bicycles
                      • Hybrid bicycles
                        • Mountain bikes
                          • Road bicycles
                            • Touring bicycles
                            • An Overview of the Bicycle Market in the US

                                • Figure 1: Bicycle sales in the US covering the decade between 2005-15
                              • Distribution channels
                                • Bicycle brands
                                • What is Bike Tourism?

                                  • Tourist Arrivals in the Americas

                                      • Figure 2: International tourist arrivals to the Americas showing growth at 5-year intervals, 1990-2015
                                    • Countries that offer bike-oriented attractions
                                      • Figure 3: Key facts of countries that offer a bike tourism product report, 2015
                                    • Argentina
                                      • Bermuda
                                        • Canada
                                          • Colombia
                                            • Costa Rica
                                              • Cuba
                                                • US
                                                  • Tourist arrivals to selected destinations in the Americas
                                                    • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals to the countries analysed in this report, 2011-15
                                                • Reasons for Cycling

                                                      • Figure 5: Overweight & obesity rates for men & women in selected countries in the Americas, expressed as a % of the population & showing average life expectancy, 2016
                                                    • Cycling as a healthy pursuit
                                                      • Bicycles as a mode of transport
                                                          • Figure 6: Percentage of workers commuting to work by motorised vehicle, public transit, on foot or by bike, selected Canadian cities, 2011*
                                                        • Cycling as a leisure activity
                                                          • Figure 7: Participation in outdoor activities among Americans aged 6 & older, 2006-15
                                                        • Cycling ranks among the most popular outdoor activities
                                                          • Figure 8: Most popular outdoor activities among American youths aged 6-24, 2015
                                                          • Figure 9: Most popular outdoor activities among American adults aged 25 & older, 2015
                                                      • Who Are the Cyclists?

                                                          • Leisure cyclists
                                                            • Fairweather and ‘sensible’ cyclists
                                                              • Path-using cyclists
                                                                • Dedicated cyclists
                                                                  • Demographic profile of cyclists/bike tourists
                                                                    • How much do cyclists spend?
                                                                      • A greater percentage of older Canadians cycle than younger ones
                                                                        • Figure 10: Demographics of cyclists in Canada comparing Quebec to the rest of Canada, 2012*
                                                                    • Key Elements of a ‘Bike-Friendly’ Destination

                                                                        • Figure 11: Road networks in selected countries in the Americas, 2015
                                                                    • Bicycle Trails in the US & Canada

                                                                        • The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
                                                                          • The Trans Canada Trail/Sentier Transcanadien
                                                                            • La Route verte
                                                                              • Sample itineraries for bike tourists
                                                                                • Atlantic Coast Route
                                                                                  • Blue Ridge Parkway
                                                                                    • Adirondack Park
                                                                                      • Urban bike lanes
                                                                                        • Who has priority on city roads?
                                                                                          • A bicycle culture is slowly emerging
                                                                                          • Road Accidents Involving Bicycles

                                                                                              • The causes of bicycle accidents
                                                                                                • Do bike lanes help to prevent accidents?
                                                                                                • Bike-Friendly Cities in the Americas

                                                                                                    • Bike-friendly cities help the economy
                                                                                                      • Destinations that cater to cyclists
                                                                                                        • Bogota
                                                                                                          • Boston
                                                                                                            • Buenos Aires
                                                                                                              • Montreal
                                                                                                                • New York
                                                                                                                • Bike-Sharing

                                                                                                                    • Sturdy bikes are safer
                                                                                                                      • Computer software allows for easy payment
                                                                                                                      • Off-the-Beaten-Track Cycling Holidays

                                                                                                                          • Backroads
                                                                                                                            • Butterfield & Robinson
                                                                                                                              • Intrepid
                                                                                                                              • What Next?

                                                                                                                                Cycling in the Americas - October 2016

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