Two talking points in our conversation have to change.
1. We need to stop looking at successful places as somehow inherently different than Rhode Island, and acting as though we can’t repeat the exact same steps they made for success here to produce the same results.
2. We need to stop acting as though change takes years and years in cases where the actual data shows that it does not. Providence in particular is not doing what it needs to do to be a biking city, and the city and state need to take a hard look at priorities in the budget in order to make that change. Biking infrastructure is cheap and easy to create.
I made a post on my blog about Groningen, in the Netherlands, which is the undisputed leader in biking in the world. It so happens that Groningen has a lot in common with Providence. We can follow the same steps that places like Groningen did, and have the same results.