From Atlantic Cities

23 October 2012 — Dedicated bike lanes can cut cycling injuries in half, a Canadian report has found. The report, authored by University of British Columbia professor Kay Teschke, found a major city street with parked cars and no bike lanes was just about the most dangerous place you could ride a bike.

“All the big threats are there: open car doors, bad parallel parkers, passing cabs and public transit. This is not a particularly novel scientific revelation, although research has found it to be true,” Atlantic Cities’ Emily Badger writes.

“Things get more interesting when we compare this bad-biking baseline to infrastructure actually intended to accommodate cyclists.

“New research out of Canada has methodically done just this, parsing 14 route types – from that bike-ambivalent major street to sidewalks, local roads with designated bike lanes, paved multi-use paths and protected ‘cycle tracks’ – for their likelihood of yielding serious bike injuries. As it turns out, infrastructure really matters.

“Your chance of injury drops by about 50 per cent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars.”

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