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Can America Embrace Biking the Way Denmark Has?

Professor Austin Troy, head of the Transportation Research Center, visits Copenhagen, reporting for Slate on the infrastructure for bicyclists there. Troy writes that the city's dedication to cyclists -- building racks, lanes and timing traffic lights so bicycles never hit a green and can navigate intersections with ease -- has lead to 58 percent of Copenhageners getting on their bikes daily, a trend that saves energy and money. While only 0.4 percent of commuters currently bike in the United States, Troy believes we could catch up with a similar commitment to the needs of cyclists. Read the story at