Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories about that present a range of bicycle-friendly solutions including a new map of Denver that highlights the least congested routes for bicycle commuters; Paris's annual car free day that has contributed to a 45 percent drop in car use in the city since 1990; and initiatives in Nairobi and Bogotá initially launched for other reasons but that are now recognized as solutions to climate change. Finally, in Holland, the bicycle infrastructure makes commuting by bicycle so safe that riders often skip the helmet!
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Bicycle use is on the rise as cities and their dwellers seek transportation solutions to clogged streets and smoggy skies. And in addition to reducing traffic and air pollution, riding a bicycle is a healthy activity that reduces the risk of disease and therefore reduces health care costs. However, supportive infrastructure—such as well-planned bike lane networks, secure bike parking, and city bike-share programs—is critical to successful bike use programs. Project Drawdown lists improving bike infrastructure among the most important actions communities can take to combat climate change.