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There and Back Again: A Visit to the “Bike City” of South Korea

City of Davis Bicycle Coordinator Tara Goddard and Sung Moon of Davis help Mayor Sung of Sangju test out the Whymcycle donated to the Sangju Bicycles Museum by Peter Wagner of Davis

After a two-hour drive, a 13-hour flight and a three-hour bus ride, I was having trouble remembering just why I agreed to travel to South Korea to check out its bicycling facilities, meet with its bicycle planners, and tour the new bicycle museum. Fortunately, after a good night’s sleep, a cup of coffee and a bowl of fish soup for breakfast, my attitude had changed for the better. And from then on, I was pleased and amazed by the friendliness of the South Korean people, the generosity of our hosts, and the beauty of the country.

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Bringing the Bike Back!

As I have gotten more involved in my UC Davis Transportation masters program, I have been thinking more and more about how biking has been declining in mode share (specifically related to Davis) over the years. While the establishment of Unitrans may have helped this trend, certainly a lack of consistent investment in bike infrastructure, external commuting, and cultural shifts (see “[intlink id="6" type="post"]Earbud Citation: Is it necessary?[/intlink]”) have not been positive contributors. In 2008, I put together a campaign piece called the “Three Point Plan to Bring the Bike Back,” as a way to raise awareness as to some options available to the City to help reverse this trend- it is included below (and some bullet points may have become antiquated by the passage of time); but if you have ideas on how your local government can step up, I would love to hear about them. As you can see below, bike safety is very important to me (I was hit while on my bike in downtown Davis, when a car blew through a stop sign- always wear your helmet, kids!)- so other paradigms welcome! Continue reading ‘Bringing the Bike Back!’