14 Apr '12, 11am

Guess What? More Bike Lanes = More Cyclists (and the Weather Doesn't Matter)

Guess What? More Bike Lanes = More Cyclists (and the Weather Doesn't Matter)

You've got to hand it to Rutgers researcher John Pucher - he studies what seems like common sense in transportation, and then makes it sound good. Studying bike lanes in 90 or the 100 largest American cities, Pucher and collaborater Ralph Buehl used Pearson’s correlation, bivariate quartile analysis, and two different types of regressions to measure the relationship between more and longer bike lanes and quantity of cyclists. Their conclusion: cities with a greater supply of bike lanes have more bike commuters. And according to the researchers, that correlation exists even when controlling for things like land use, climate, socioeconomics, gas prices, public transport supply, and cycling safety. In addition, Pucher and Buehler found that cities with safer cycling, lower auto ownership, more students, less sprawl, and higher gas prices had more cycling to work. So, build th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/guess-what-more-bike-lane...

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