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Thursday, October 25, 2012

PROTECTED BIKEWAYS ARE FAR SAFER THAN JUST PAINT, STUDY SHOWS [greenlaneproject]

Bike lanes separated by planters, posts or parked cars aren't just more popular and less stressful than bike lanes or back-road bike routes, an important new study shows. They're safer – far safer. As reported Monday by Atlantic Cities, researchers found that in Vancouver and Toronto, protected green lanes reduce non-fatal road injuries by 90 percent. That's a huge impact. When it comes to reducing major injuries, these findings suggest that converting a painted bike lane to a separated cycle track would be twice as effective as painting the bike lane was. To see just how much safer cycle tracks are than other bikeways, you really have to look at these results on a spectrum from the most dangerous type of street (left) to no risk of serious injury at all (right): [Keep reading at greenlaneproject]

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