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.
- 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.
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