Bicycle Networks, Recreation vs Transportation: An examination of how bicycle infrastructure is marketed to the citizens who eventually have to pay for the system.

Authors: JAMEY VOORHEES*, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Transportation Plans
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Many cities are now adopting a transportation plan that includes specific bicycle and pedestrian components. The purpose of these plans sometimes includes recreation as a reason or purpose for adding bicycle lanes and trails to the existing transportation system. By describing the bike portion as recreational instead of as a different mode of transportation the final design will not actually add to the quality or usability of the overall transportation network.
An examination of currently available plans that have been implemented will reveal that the final product is actually a recreational system instead of being a piece of a larger traffic network.

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