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How Davis Responded to the Needs of Bicyclists

City Bike Path
"By the mid 1960's the dramatic volume of bicycles using the City streets near the University made it clear that the status quo, (bicycles in ever increasing numbers sharing the public streets designed and marked solely for motor vehicles), was no longer a viable alternative. A plan to adequately provide for cyclists was needed.

"The primary issue of the April, 1966 City Council election was the provision of bikeways for the commuter on the public streets. The pro-bikeway candidates were elected. A trial system of bikeways was quickly installed and proved immensely popular. Rapid expansion of the system followed."*

The University followed suit by banning almost all motor vehicle use from its central core roadways that were formerly open to motor traffic from off campus. A series of bike paths were built from the campus perimeter to channel cyclists into the campus core from city bike paths and bike lanes. Once on campus, cyclists had little need or opportunity to share roads or paths with motorized traffic. Cycling was further encouraged by the provision of ample bike parking immediately adjacent to virtually every building and activity center on campus.

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