The Online Voice of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bicycle City Burden
Imagine a planned car-free community where people can live, play, work and visit.  This community includes trails, community gardens, schools, housing and more.  Residents and visitors park their vehicles on the perimeter of the community and walk or bike into the neighborhood.

This utopian car-free community is built with sustainability in mind.  Buildings have small footprints and are energy efficient.  Paths and trails are built with permeable surfaces so they will have minimal impact on the earth, and gardens are organic.  Schools are within biking or walking distance, and a nearby greenway connects you to rail and transit.

Now imagine that this community is called Bicycle City and it's located in the USA.  Sound too good to be true?  Well think again.  The first Bicycle City is breaking ground on December 11 near Columbia, South Carolina, and first home sites will be for sale soon.  Learn more about the South Carolina project here.

The folks behind Bicycle City are thinking big.  They hope the Columbia community becomes a model for other planned Bicycle Cities around the country and around the world.  They have already evaluated many states, including Washington, and have identified potential locations for future Bicycle Cities.

Bicycle City, Washington.  Sounds pretty inviting, doesn't it?

1 comment:

  1. We have that – it's called your community. Shop locally, work within biking distance and send your kids to local schools. You can bike nearly everywhere you need to go and take the bus to almost everywhere else.