Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood

This study was the first of its kind to measure the number of cyclists by age group, gender, and race, before and after the installation of a new bike lane.

Baseline observations took place in September 2009 in New Orleans. A new, one-mile dedicated bike lane was installed on both sides of the road in June 2010. The follow-up observations occurred in September 2010. Observers tallied the number of cyclists for 10 days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Data collection included cyclists riding with the traffic, against the traffic, and on the sidewalk. Two adjacent side streets without bike lanes were included in the observation.

Key Finding:

  • After the new bicycle lane was built, the number of cyclists increased on all three streets, but the increase was greatest where the new bike lane had been installed. Additionally, the proportion of cyclists riding with the direction of traffic increased.

The results of this study show that the installation of bike lanes has a positive impact in creating a healthy neighborhood. Bike lanes allow residents to travel to their destination, help neighborhoods increase their levels of healthy, physical activity, while offering safer alternatives to riding in the street.

Introduction to the Active Living Research Supplement

  1. 1. Translating Research to Policy Through Health Impact Assessment in Clark County, Washington
  2. 2. Uneven Playing Field--Effective Strategies to Address Health Inequity Through Active Living Research
  3. 3. Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field--Policy and Research with Chicago's Child Care Centers
  4. 4. Trends in Presentations of Environmental and Policy Studies Related to Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity at Society of Behavioral Medicine, 1995-2010
  5. 5. Spatial Disparities in the Distribution of Parks and Green Spaces in the USA
  6. 6. Exploring the Distribution of Park Availability, Features, and Quality Across Kansas City, Missouri by Income and Race/Ethnicity
  7. 7. Perceptions of Neighborhood Park Quality
  8. 8. Gender Differences in Self-Report Physical Activity and Park and Recreation Facility Use Among Latinos in Wake County, North Carolina
  9. 9. Beyond Distance: Children's School Travel Mode Choice
  10. 10. The Perceived and Built Environment Surrounding Urban Schools and Physical Activity Among Adolescent Girls
  11. 11. Aesthetic Amenities and Safety Hazards Associated with Walking and Bicycling for Transportation in New York City
  12. 12. Does Neighbourhood Walkability Moderate the Effects of Mass Media Communication Strategies to Promote Regular Physical Activity?
  13. 13. Individual-and Area-Level Disparities in Access to the Road Network, Subway System and a Public Bicycle Share Program on the Island of Montreal, Canada
  14. 14. Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood
  15. 15. Using Google Street View to Audit the Built Environment
  16. 16. School Sport Participation Under Two School Sport Policies
  17. 17. Physical Education and Student Activity
  18. 18. District and School Physical Education Policies
  19. 19. Predictors of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) in African American Young Adolescents
  20. 20. Pathways to Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Delinquency Among Urban Latino Adolescents
  21. 21. Locations of Joint Physical Activity in Parent-Child Pairs Based on Accelerometer and GPS Monitoring