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Study: Bike lanes don't reduce severity of bike/car crashes [KING5]


Study: Bike lanes don't reduce severity of bike/car crashes
Credit: KING / Heather Graf
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by KING 5 News
Posted on June 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM
The City of Seattle has made it a priority to create bike lanes, but a University at Buffalo study has found that dedicated bike lanes are not necessarily the most important factors in reducing the severity of injuries in crashes between bikes and cars.
The UB study examined whether cyclists injured in accidents with motor vehicles while traveling in bike lanes had less severe injuries than cyclists traveling in the same lanes as motor vehicles. Previous research has shown that bike lanes do reduce the number of bike-motor vehicle accidents that occur.
The data show that other factors, including alcohol use by either the cyclist or the motor vehicle driver, riding in darkness – even with streetlights – and the posted speed limit of a road, are more significant safety factors for cyclists to consider and adjust for than riding in bike lanes.

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