Sustaining the 2020 Biking Boom

Author: David Zipper


The next administration should capitalize on recent interest in cycling spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic by committing to triple the share of commutes made by bicycle from 0.5% in 2019 to 1.5% by 2024. This goal is achievable through policies that make cycling safer and more affordable.

Other than walking, cycling is the least pollutive mode of transportation. Led by the Department of Transportation (USDOT), the next administration can encourage a nationwide shift from driving to cycling by adjusting various policies related to cost, road design, and automobile safety. USDOT can further encourage biking by holding states accountable for reductions in automobile vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation, and traffic fatalities among cyclists and pedestrians.

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About the Author

David Zipper is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where his work examines the interplay between urban policy and new mobility technologies. David’s writing about urban innovation has been published in outlets including Slate, Bloomberg, WIRED, and Fast Company. He previously served as the Director of Economic Development and Strategy for two mayors of Washington, D.C. and as Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions under Mayor Bloomberg. David has worked extensively with startups as the Managing Director for Smart Cities and Mobility for 1776, a global entrepreneurial hub and venture capital firm.