Bikes help drivers

You may not have thought about this but improving bicycle infrastructure not only boosts the economy but helps drivers save time and money.

Take these examples from the blog of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“In Texas, for example, the City of Austin estimates that a planned protected bike lane network will increase the city’s traffic capacity by 25,000 trips a day.  And, a report from the New York City DOT shows that installation of protected bike lanes on Columbus Avenue actually led to a 35 percent decrease in vehicle travel time.”

“In Indianapolis, Fast Lane readers might recall a DOT TIGER grant supporting the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the city’s 8-mile, bike and pedestrian path.  That investment has led to an increase of more than $140 million in the value of property adjacent to the trail.  And, in New York, after construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales, while businesses on other streets saw only a 3 percent increase during the same period.”

Jan

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