And Now: Bicycle Mayors

August 17, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

Back in February Centives wrote about night mayors and Amsterdam’s pioneering role in creating them. Now it’s looking to lead the field again by appointing a bicycle mayor writes Feargus O’Sullivan:

  • The bicycle mayor will be responsible for streamlining communications between cyclists and city officials.
  • As with the night mayor, the bike mayor won’t have or share any real executive powers with Amsterdam’s actual mayor. The position though will give them influence and legitimacy as a representative for the city’s cyclists.
  • Candidates for the post submit a short video explaining why they should be elected. There will then be an online vote, and a jury of experts – including the city’s mayor – will decide amongst the most popular candidates.
  • Some think the post is a little redundant since Amsterdam is already one of the world’s best cities in terms of cycling infrastructure. But others feel that there is scope for an advocate to help change the perception of cyclists as a nuisance on the road.

Read more over here.

Source: City Lab