Photographic Proof Bikes and Streetcars Work Together

Despite the fact that streetcar tracks can be hazards to cyclists, bikes and streetcars are great allies.

They both help produce more livable, walkable, less car-dependent streets. It’s no coincidence that the same cities are often leaders in both categories. In the US, Portland has both the highest bike mode share and the largest modern streetcar network. In Europe, Amsterdam is even more impressive as both a streetcar city and a bike city.

With that in mind, here’s a collection of photos from Amsterdam showing bikes and streetcars living together.

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Of course, it doesn’t just happen. It’s easy for bikes and streetcars in Amsterdam to avoid one another, and to interact safely, because each one has clearly delineated, high-quality infrastructure.

Chalk that up as one more reason to build both good bike lanes and great transit.

By | 2016-12-27T20:17:54+00:00 July 8, 2014|Categories: Bicycles, Transit, Transportation, Urbanism|Tags: , |5 Comments


  1. TakeFive July 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Currently Denver is doing better accommodating bikes but lags in the streetcar department. But recommendations are due on the Colfax Corridor by the end of the year. Cris Meehan does a good job of describing the process Here:

    • mckillio July 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

      I believe the Colfax results are supposed to be out this month and a study for Speer/1st/Leetsdale is supposed to start next year. Colfax is definitely needed, there’s clearly and rightfully so a large emphasis on the downtown corridor but it’s time to spread transit through Colfax, Cap Hill etc. Hopefully we can get a street car connecting from the I225 line West to downtown.

  2. Tom Anderson July 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I was at Union Station today and noticed about 30 bikes parked around trees and poles. Is Denver going to put bike racks around the transportation hub? Here’s a picture:

    • Ken Schroeppel July 14, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Hi Tom,

      I’ve already inquired about the bike parking issue and have learned that yes, there will be many bike racks installed in Wynkoop Plaza. They just haven’t installed them yet but they should be coming soon. Thanks!

  3. Freddie July 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    So no one wears bike helmets in Holland eh? Interesting.

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