Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Study Confirms: Safer Bike Routes Get More People RidingA new study looks at the effect of dedicated bicycle infrastructure, such as bike lanes and bike boulevards, on bike trips.
"How effective are bike lanes at enticing people to ride? Portland State University professor Jennifer Dill has been looking into that question for more than a year, and her research (PDF) is starting to get some attention. Using GPS trackers to map more than 1,700 bike trips, Dill found that about half of all bike travel occurs on dedicated infrastructure like bike lanes or bike boulevards, even though such routes comprise only eight percent of Portland's street network."