Study: How Chicago's Protected Bike Lanes Compare

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A new study from advocacy group People For Bikes and Portland State University compares the effects of installing protected bike lanes among five cities, including Chicago. Overall, protected bike lanes have led to an increased in the number of bicycle commuters as well as perceptions that biking is safer. Scroll through these charts to see some of the findings:

‘Cyclist typology’

The study categorized residents into four groups of cyclist types, ranging from “strong and fearless” to “no way, no how”:

Increased ridership

For each bike lane studied, the number of riders using the route increased after the protected lane was installed:

Effect of bike signals

In Chicago, the majority of cyclists stopped and waited for the light to turn green at intersections that have been equipped with signal lights specifically for bikes:

Safety perceptions

At both of the sites studied in Chicago, residents generally thought that after the protected lane was installed, the safety of cycling increased, the safety of driving decreased and the safety of walking stayed about the same:

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