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Rutgers | Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: new evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes


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Bike lanes in Montreal (flickr PJ Peterson http://flic.kr/p/8x1yKK)

“[C]ities with a greater supply of bike paths and lanes have significantly higher bike commute rates—even when controlling for land use, climate, socioeconomic factors, gasoline prices, public transport supply, and cycling safety. … Our results are consistent with previous research on the importance of separate cycling facilities and provide additional information about the potentially different role of paths vs. lanes. Our  analysis also revealed that cities with safer cycling, lower auto ownership, more students, less sprawl, and higher gasoline prices had more cycling to work. By comparison, annual precipitation, the number of cold and hot days, and public transport supply were not statistically significant predictors of bike commuting in large cities.”

Read the entire study at: bikepaths.pdf (application/pdf Object).

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