In a recent post I expressed dismay at the lack of options to carry bicycles via mass transit. My hope was that increased demand would prompt companies/organizations to consider becoming more friendly toward helping people to transport their bikes between cities.
I stumbled upon a great example of demand leading to bike friendly policy when cruising the Interweb. In the UK a program focused on getting primary school students to bike to school has been so well received that the school has now constructed a bike shelter. I hear it rains in the UK a little bit so the shelter is a great idea to keep the whips of young tikes safe from the weather. The following comes from Echo News:
The facility has enough space to accommodate the 60 children at the school who now regularly pedal their way to classes – compared to just eight cyclists at the beginning of the school year.
More pupils have been inspired to get on their bikes after representatives from the Bike It scheme visited the school and worked with pupils, to improve their cycle safety.
By the day I grow older and more cynical, but stories like this give me hope that perhaps bikes will be a major part of our transportation infrastructure in the future.