When the city of Copenhagen was looking to reduce the number of cars entering the central city in favor of bicycles and other modes of transportation, it had a very crafty strategy, according to Steffen Rasmussen of the city's Traffic and Planning Office: Get rid of parking, but without anyone noticing. From 1994 to 2005, Copenhagen cut parking spaces in the city center from 14,000 to 11,500, replacing the spaces with things like parks and bicycle lanes. Over that same time, not accidentally, bicycle traffic rose by some 40 percent - a third of people commuting to work now go by bike - and Copenhagen has become one of the few places in the world where one can read, in a report, a sentence that would seem like a comical misprint anywhere else: "Cycle traffic is now so extensive that congestion on certain cycle tracks has become a problem, as has cycle parking space."
This is the story that got me to buy this book. It’s been totally worth getting to this point. Should be required reading for the Dallas City Council.