Colorado hopes to become America’s “best state for biking” with the launch of a $100 million scheme to foster the usage of pedal-powered transportation via heavy investment in cycling infrastructure.
States Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled the ambitious public-private project to spend in excess of $100 million over the next four years on encouraging bike usage while at the Interbike convention in Las Vegas — North America’s largest annual trade event for the bike industry.
Hickenlooper pointed to the economic as well as environmental benefits that improved programs and infrastructure for bicycling could bring to Colorado.
“Biking can be such a positive force, and I think being the best biking state is going to fuel economic growth and tourism,” said Hickenlooper. “It’s going to lead us toward a cleaner environment, and it’s going to help us be the healthiest state in America.”
The Colorado Pedals Project will enable local communities to exercise greater say over their own transit schemes — whether that includes, cycling, walking, or motorised transportation.