July Alter 10/7/2014
In Vancouver, Cadillac Fairview is building lots of bike storage, change rooms and showers into their buildings, and not just to chalk up the famous bike rack LEED points. According to Josh O'Kane in the Globe and Mail, it is a big perq.
Millennials joining the work force are particularly interested in this. According to cycling activist Erin O’Melinn,
More in the Globe and Mail.
In Bloomberg, Mark Niquette writes that U.S. cities trying to attract young residents and the businesses that hire them are increasingly finding magic in the bike lane. The Mayor of Memphis says that a few years ago, cyclists were considered hippies or weirdos. (Many still do). While some complain that they are losing street lanes or parking, in most progressive cities the politicians recognize the importance.
Mayor Rob Ford , fresh out of rehab, is on Eglinton Avenue, where they are building a new underground LRT line, trying to cancel an approved and funded project to turn it into a complete street with four traffic lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes. Even though it has been discussed since 2012, Rob says he wasn't informed, saying:
John Tory, trying to be the responsible sober adult Rob Ford, is trying to outdo the master in trashing bike lanes, saying "Any proposal that will add to road congestion by reducing lanes of traffic is a non-starter in my books."
In Toronto, they haven't got the memo yet.Source: treehugger.com