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The articles below illustrate the connection between bike lanes and cyclist safety.

 

Review of 23 studies on bicycling injuries found that bike facilities (off-road paths, on-road marked bike lanes, and on-road bike routes) are where bicyclists are safest:

http://www.ehjournal.net/content/8/1/47

 

When protected green lanes are installed in New York City, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians and cyclists) typically drop by 40% and by more than 50% in some locations:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/pdf/bike_lanes_memo.pdf

 

The installation of many miles of new bike lanes in New York City did not lead to an increase in bike crashes, despite the increase in number of cyclists:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22095351

 

Study found that bicycling on separated facilities like green lanes is safer than riding on streets without bicycle facilities. Cyclists were also 2.5 times more likely to ride on green lanes than on the streets:

http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2011/02/02/ip.2010.028696.full

 

Study found that separated bike paths have better air quality than traditional bike lanes: http://bikeportland.org/2010/10/28/study-cycle-tracks-mean-better-air-quality-for-bikers-walkers-41754

 

86% of respondents feel “safe” or “very safe” riding on Chicago’s Kinzie Street green lane, compared with just 17% in traditional bike lanes:

http://www.chicagobikes.org/pdf/Kinzie_Initial_Findings.pdf

 

Protected green lanes reduce bicyclist injury up to 90%:

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300762?journalCode=ajph&

 

New York City’s protected bike lane on 9th Avenue led to a 56% reduction in injuries to all street users, including a 57% reduction in injuries to people on bikes and a 29% reduction in injuries to people walking, as well as an 84% reduction in sidewalk riding:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2012-10-measuring-the-street.pdf

 

90% of users say they feel safer riding on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC because of the new green lanes:

http://dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Publication%20Files/On%20Your%20Street/Bicycles%20and%20Pedestrians/Bicycles/Bike%20Lanes/DDOT_BicycleFacilityEvaluation_ExecSummary.pdf

 

After installation of a protected green lane on Columbus Avenue in New York, traffic crashes, speeding and sidewalk riding all decreased:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2011_columbus_assessment.pdf

 

65% of Americans who don’t bicycle say they would like to ride more often: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Research+&+Evaluation/National+Survey+of+Bicyclist+and+Pedestrian+Attitudes+and+Behavior

 

How bike lanes increase safety of all road users:

http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/9/3/205.full

 

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