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How Will Bike-Centric Urbanism Reshape Our Cities?

For the past half-century, the automobile has played a profound role in shaping the form of our cities and suburbs. A new book examines the effects cycle-centric planning will have on the built environment.

"Cycle Infrastructure, written by the architects behind Dutch planning practice Artgineering, presents a survey of best-practice cycle routes from around the world, alongside interviews with the people that made them happen," writes Oliver Wainwright. "There is also an enlightening section on innovations, from Copenhagen's conversation lanes, to the bike-friendly traffic lights in Groningen – which turn green for cyclists earlier when it's raining or snowing."

"In their survey, which travels from Vancouver's separated lanes to Lisbon's waterside route, via Cambridge, Vienna and Wuppertal, they ask how cycle highways might start to influence the fundamental ways we make our cities. 'Will we begin to see new cycling-driven typologies,' they ask, 'in the same way that the motorway led to the creation of the shopping mall?'”

Full Story: Paths of glory: what might a cycle-friendly city look like?

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