Are bike lanes key to economic development? This article argues that they are—because they appeal to people of my generation, the Millenials. Apparently we all want to live in cities with good biking infrastructure. I can say that’s true for me-I pick my apartment locations based off what will be bikeable, over all other factors. Biking around the Twin Cities is a big part of why it’s fun to live here. My friends expect to bike to social events, especially in the summer, and there are a lot of good bikes paths to get us where we want to go.
I’ve found bikes to be more flexible than other modes of transportation, as my friends and I can meet at a central point, find parking easily and for free, and then bike with each other home until our paths diverge. Biking becomes a fun, social activity in a way that driving is not. If we all had our own cars with us, we’d have to deal with parking, paying the meter, and gas. If we carpool, we have to put more energy into coordination of timing and one person bears the cost of using her car. If I’m on my bike, I can choose to stay with the group, or leave earlier or later. It’s the clear winner, in my mind. Keep those bike lanes coming!