I went to a meeting last week in Old Trail, a new urbanist development in Crozet, Virginia. It took me about ten minutes to ride my bike. What if Google, in addition to driving times, added a “biking” or “estimated walking” time, and highlighted appropriate bike routes? Google has an equal or better chance at influencing public opinion (they’re more credible) than does government (they’re not).
With gas prices going up faster than we can keep track, what would it take for the Charlottesville region to duplicate some of these lifestyle decisions? And would better bike-ability or accessibility increase property values? (I think so)