Posted in Bike Accidents on June 6, 2014
Protected bicycle lanes reduce rates and increase the likelihood that people will use a bike, according to a recent study by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.
San Francisco recently erected many barriers between bike lanes and vehicle traffic. This practice has widely adopted by many Canadian and European cities, but U.S. cities have largely lacked meaningful cycling safety infrastructure due to concerns regarding traffic congestion and parking availability.
The recent study conducted by NITC found that physical barriers between cars and cyclists had many positive effects, including:
Researchers evaluated 168 hours of footage of protected bike lanes in San Francisco, Portland, Austin, Chicago and Washington D.C. The study encompassed 16,393 cyclists and 19,724 turning or merging vehicles in addition to the perspectives of people who live, drive or walk near the newly installed bike lanes.
“This has never been done on this scale – having five cities and a number of different sites being done at the same time,” NITC spokesman Justin Carinci told Streets Blog USA. “The number of hours of video review is unprecedented. But the perceptions piece is really the most definitive of it: This is a big enough sample that we could say for each of the [projects], people feel safe riding them. People say we should have more of them.”
A full version of the study is available at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium website.