BOSTON BIKES HAS PILOTED SOME SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY OUTREACH EFFORTS, TOO, PARTICULARLY THE "ROLL IT FORWARD" BIKE-DONATION PROGRAM, AND THE YOUTH CYCLING PROGRAM, WHICH TEACHES STUDENTS HOW TO RIDE BIKES. WHY WERE THESE PRIORITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUE, JOHN BILDERBECK? Biking is for every single person in Boston. The "Roll It Forward" program gave away over 1000 bikes to low-income residents. They got used, and they got used a lot. When you were at one of those events, and you see kids with their parents riding bikes, it's very powerful. It's good for everyone in the city. One of the things I've enjoyed is going through the city after work and seeing the bikes that we've donated roll by.
IN TERMS OF CYCLING, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BOSTON IN 10 YEARS? Having the percentage of bike trips at 10 percent and expanding Hubway dramatically — more stations in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Charlestown, East Boston, and Mattapan. We have about 50 bike-friendly businesses in the city. We want that to grow so that every business in Boston will want to be bike-friendly. People look at Copenhagen, and they say, "Whatever, that's Europe," but Copenhagen started where Boston started. Over 30 years, they kept going, and now they're at 30 percent of trips made by bike. We don't need 30 years. I think the mayor can do it faster than that, and we're off to a fantastic start.
Andrew McFarland can be reached at email@example.com.
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