Only a mere 1% of Kaunasians (that's 3000 out of 300,000) are regular bikers. Everyone agrees the number should change but nobody knows where to start. Nobody knew, to be precise. In June, Kaunas municipality boldly announced the aim is to have 5% Kaunasians regularly using their bikes in 3 years (by 2020). There’s a plan and it’s called ‘Like Bike’!
‘Like Bike’ symbolizes the start of a much-needed revolution. It means new and renovated bike paths, bike-friendly pavements, a thousand new bike racks around the city, lower car speed limit in the centre and various other features and innovations that will help Kaunas become the first 100% bike-friendly city in the Baltics. It’s a long way to go but it’ll be a fun ride for sure.
If you’re in Kaunas at the moment or have recently visited, you must have noticed the green-coloured bike paths around the centre. These are brand new and they marked the start of the initiative. A wider green path replaced the not-so-visible one on Laisvės alėja, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe. The latter is just a temporary thing, though, as Laisvės alėja is expecting full renovation that will include a modern bike path similar to the one that has been recently opened between A. Mickevičiaus st. and Gedimino st.
The municipality is looking forward to hearing tips, seeing pictures and receiving any other valuable data that can help the ‘Like Bike’ initiative. You’re welcome to message the guys in charge on Facebook as Like Bike has its own page.