The benefits of bike riding—for the individual and for the community as a whole—are clear and Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper has taken notice. He recently announced that the state will spend $100 million over the next four years, with the aim of making Colorado “the best state for biking.”
The money will reportedly be used to boost cycling safety, educate drivers, expand access to bikes and to add both bike infrastructure and bike signals. Hickenlooper made this announcement at Interbike, the largest bicycle trade event in North America.
Along with the announcement, Hickenlooper noted the benefits that will come from investing in bicycling. He said that the investment will fuel economic growth, increase tourism, lead to a cleaner environment and provide health benefits for the population.
Some have suggested that it’s not necessarily the monetary pledge, but the high-profile acknowledgement, that will benefit cyclists most. The announcement shows that the governor recognizes the importance of cycling and the benefits that come with getting more people on bikes. It will be interesting to see the effect the investment has on cycling in Colorado, but at the very least the pledge is a good sign for cyclists.