Livable streets proponents look back on 2008 as the year
some of the movement’s best laid plans became mainstream. Bicycle sharing
systems launched in both Washington DC
and Montreal. Auto-dependent Charlotte
saw its LYNX light rail surpass 2025 ridership projections, while Seattle also beat ridership projections on its snazzy new Streetcar. And New York City and Portland
continued to reclaim space for less auto-centric uses—witnessing 35% and 25%
growth respectively in bicycle mode share.