Metro can learn from Europe’s system: expert

The popularity of cycling in Europe is no surprise. In countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and parts of Germany, 30 to 40 per cent of urban trips are made by bicycle. Compare that with Canada and Metro Vancouver, where only two per cent of all trips are made by bike.
Kay Teschke, of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, said Europeans use a range of transport to get around. Some might take their bikes on trains or buses and then ride the rest of the way to the office. Families may own a car, but use it on weekends, preferring transit, walking or bicycles to get around during the week. “That’s starting to happen here with transit,” she said.

Vancouver Sun, Tue Mar 19 2012, Page: A8, By: Kelly Sinoski, Link to full text