bike lanes

Evidence from Toronto: Well-designed bike lanes encourage cycling, improve safety for all

By Michael Brenneis People need no encouragement to use transportation networks that connect them to the places they need to be, if the networks are comfortable, convenient, and safe to use. This has certainly been the case for the use of motor vehicles on North American roads, with the possible

Baltimore fire code eased to allow bike lanes, more flexible design

By Saumya Jain On Aug 6, Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to approve a bill that repeals parts of the city fire code to allow for more bike-friendly and pedestrian-safe street developments. Although the bill still awaits Mayor Catherine Pugh’s signature, a mayoral spokesperson said on

Traffic enforcement observations target Uber and Lyft drivers as largest offenders

By Sam Sklar A recent scan from San Francisco’s Police Department found that Uber and Lyft drivers were responsible for nearly 65 percent of traffic infractions in bike- and transit-only lanes. The overwhelming majority of these tickets, for all vehicles and for Uber and Lyft vehicles, cited

Austin, Texas sees road safety and operations improvements with “right sizing”

By Robbie Webber Austin, Texas has released a report detailing their 15-year effort to “right size” streets throughout the city, and the results have been positive. Travel times on the studied segments have not increased, crashes are down by as much as 38 percent, and high-risk speeding has

Walking and biking form ‘third pillar’ of transportation in Wasatch Front plan

By Chris McCahill In its newly released 25-year Regional Transportation Plan, Utah’s Wasatch Front Regional Council—which controls more than half of available statewide transportation funds—makes active transportation one of its three major transportation pillars, in addition to highways

FHWA releases separated bike lane guide

By Robbie Webber Following in the footsteps of the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide and an ongoing effort by AASHTO to develop standards for separate bike lanes, FHWA has also released a guide for designing and building these types of facilities. The guide includes elements that are not found in

Innovative infrastructure and bikes on trains encourage commuting

By Robbie Webber Cities and states are trying to make biking easier, safer, and more predictable. Across the country, improved connections with transit or installing cutting-edge, on-street bicycle facilities are encouraging more people to embark on non-auto commutes. Three examples illustrate

Some urban roads are prime for bike lane retrofits

By Chris Spahr An April 11 post on FiveThirtyEight provides a thoughtful analysis of what happens when a bike lane is constructed on an urban road where commuters drive on a daily basis. This analysis counters opponents of a Brooklyn bike lane who made claims that it reduces room for cars and

Bike boxes and lanes may increase “right hook” crashes in some circumstances

By Bill Holloway Portland, Oregon, has been recognized throughout the U.S. for its efforts to both promote bicycling and retrofit its street network to be safer for and more appealing to bicyclists. But a new Portland Bureau of Transportation report seems to indicate that the new designs may be

Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: New evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes (Beuhler and Pucher, 2011)

This article analyzes the variation in bike commuting in large American cities, with a focus on assessing the influence of bike paths and lanes, which have been the main approach to increasing cycling in the USA. Download the full article.