Protected bike lanes are sometimes controversial. I don’t understand why. Protected bike lanes have so many obvious benefits. And the places which have the best cycling infrastructure are safer for all, and have the most polite cyclists (Copenhagen is a good example).
The benefits of protected bike lanes include:
- 89% fewer injuries to cyclists
- Safer for motorists and pedestrians too
- Good for business – for example, 9th Avenue in New York City had a 49% increase in business after protected bike lanes were installed. In Toronto, pedestrians and cyclists spent the most money.
- More people would cycle if there were more protected bike lanes – which would be good for traffic levels, road wear-and-tear, pollution, and public health.
Transitized produced the poster below, which summarizes all the benefits of protected bike lanes. Transitized encourages people to share and publicize it. Go to their web site for a downloadable PDF to save and share.