Study links bicycle infrastructure with safety and increased ridership
The American Journal of Public Health published the results of a study examining the relationship between the construction of bicycle infrastructure, crash and injury rates for cyclists, and effects on the amount of bicycling in 10 U.S. cities.
Researchers examined 10 large cities that have made significant investments to improve and expand cycling infrastructure – especially by the construction of separated bikeways (i.e. cycle tracks) and compared this to data on bicycle crash rates and bicycle commute rates. The article includes a table showing changes in bikeway network growth, bicycling commute rates, and crash and injury rates for bicyclists. Among the 10 cities, Minneapolis, Portland, and New York City have seen the largest drop in injury and fatality rates.