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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Duh! But of course bike lanes increase cycling


See article below By John Pope, | The Times-Picayune
on February 06, 2013 at 3:46 PM

"The number of daily bicycle riders on South Carrollton Avenue increased threefold after the addition of mile-long bike lanes, a Tulane University study has found. The results are in the online edition of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal.
bikelane2.jpgCyclists take advantage of a South Carrollton Avenue bike lane.

The study was conducted over 10 days in September 2009 and September 2010, before and after the lanes were installed.
In addition to counting bikers on South Carrollton Avenue, researchers from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine kept track of the number of cyclists on Dublin and Short streets, which run parallel to it on each side of the avenue, to give a larger picture of cycling activity.

The Tulane team found an overall daily increase of 110 percent on all three streets, but a 225 percent rise -- from 79 per day in 2009 to 257 in 2010 -- after the bike lanes had been installed, said Kathryn Parker, assistant director of Tulane's Prevention Research Center and the study's leader.
The study showed that bike lanes promote physical activity and that, with the bike lanes, more cyclists were riding in the proper direction -- with traffic.
Since 2008, New Orleans has added more than 37 miles of bike lanes on 16 streets. An earlier study of St. Claude Avenue's bike lanes showed a 57 percent increase in daily ridership."

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