If You Build It, They Will Ride (Part 2)

In my first blog entry on bicycling infrastructure in the Netherlands, I provided some general comments and then emphasized separated or dedicated bike paths, including some of great routes via out-of-the way paths through forest and heath lands.   But what is most important from a public policy standpoint is the more utilitarian cycling infrastructure, including bike lanes that are integrated with roadways, some of […]

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If You Build It, They Will Ride (Part 1)

  “If you build it, they will come”. It is a familiar phrase, though actually a misquote from the 1989 film Field of Dreams. The actual quote is “If you build it, he will come”.   But I like the misquote better. It conveys a very simple but important principle: when it comes to individual choices and behaviours, supply induces demand in important respects. Because […]

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