What can San Francisco learn from other world-class cities? Residents share ideas from global travel

When Vincent Korta visited his family members in Paris this summertime, he often turned to Google maps on his cellular phone to see the quickest way to get to his future desired destination. Travel, stroll, just take community transit or bicycle?

Nearly each individual time, he explained, the app advised bicycling. He generally took the guidance — and he could not imagine how bicycle-pleasant Paris had turn out to be considering the fact that a earlier vacation a few decades back.

That city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has remodeled Paris by including more than 180 miles of bicycle lanes, expanding bicycle share packages, doing away with lots of parking areas, reducing the velocity restrict to 18 mph on several roadways and turning some streets into pedestrian promenades which includes along the appropriate bank of the Seine. She begun the get the job done soon after her election in 2014, but the pandemic spurred her into substantial equipment, and Korta praised the outcomes.

He was a person of scores of Chronicle readers who shared tales of new journey abroad right after I explained the joy of using London’s new Elizabeth subway line — a lot quicker, much more repeated, cleaner and additional roomy than Muni or BART could ever hope to be.