Cities will receive support to implement innovative, bike-friendly street designs to promote sustainable transportation, revitalize neighborhoods, and improve resident health and well-being
Winning cities hail from Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand and Portugal
New York, NY – In recognition of World Bike Day on June 3, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the first-ever winners of the Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure (BICI), with ten global cities receiving support to build innovative cycling infrastructure and sustainable mobility options for their residents. The goal of BICI is to help cities design streets that increase biking rates, revitalize neighborhoods, and promote the health and well-being of their communities. Led in partnership with the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), in addition to funding to enact their proposals, each winning BICI city will receive technical assistance from GDCI on project development, cycling facility design, data collection, and resident engagement.
Successful cities need transportation systems that allow people to move safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Research consistently shows that providing cycling infrastructure brings social benefits that far outweigh its initial investment and that people who cycle are healthier and happier. However, a significant barrier to cycling in many cities is the lack of safe cycling infrastructure. BICI is designed to help city leaders meet the urgent need to build more connected and expansive cycling infrastructure that serves as many residents as possible.
The 10 BICI winners are: Fortaleza, Brazil —winner of a $1 million prize—and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ; Bogota, Colombia ; […]