Filed under things we know intuitively, but it is nice to see some data. As the study points out, worse than nothing (but they do make some bureaucrats feel good)
Public health might be better off if cities focused on building better bike lanes instead.
An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world.
The status quo isn’t going to topple itself. Even with good science, economics, and morality on the side of doing what is necessary; the automobile culture is entrenched.
A proposal to make San Francisco the first major city to adopt the so-called “Idaho stop” is under intense debate.
With research showing that it decreases injuries to bicyclists while having no impact on pedestrian injuries…and with a cost of ZERO, it would seem like a no-brainer.
Cars are dangerous. If one is going to kill you, there is little that a piece of plastic on your head can do to prevent that.
Unfortunately, a common bike strategy in cities — sporadic improvements to roads, and the creation of bike lanes on only some routes — was predicted to only increase bike traffic by 5 percent. And this approach did not affect car use at all, meaning that residents of a city wouldn’t get the health benefit of less pollution.