San Francisco plans to double bicycle usage

City eyes improved public transport and cycle facilities to cope with rising population
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San Francisco is plotting to cut car usage in the city by increasing car-sharing, reducing the number of Government vehicles and doubling bicycle use, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Board of Supervisors president David Chiu aims to see cycling make up 20 per cent of trips taken in San Francisco by 2020.

The forward thinking policy has hit problems, however. Plans to add new bike lanes have been thwarted by litigation, with concerns over the planned number of parking spaces and higher parking charges holding the projects up.

Congestion charging has also been touted in an bid to cut congestion to cope with a rising population. An extra 150,000 new residents and 230,000 new jobs are expected for San Francisco in the coming years.

Chiu said: “We have to make it easier for more people to bicycle and try car sharing if we are going to reduce congestion on our clogged streets.”

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