All those cyclists who advocate sharing the road with motor vehicles can give up now: turns out that most people would be safer and would feel safer on dedicated bike lanes.
That's the conclusion of a new study, titled Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists: A Case-Crossover Study, released online recently by the American Journal of Public Health. The study is neatly explained by Emily Badger of The Atlantic Cities website.
The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University Health Network in Toronto, tracked the routes of 690 cyclists who were injured on a ride in Vancouver and Toronto. What they found was a hierarchy of risk, with dedicated cycle infrastructure having a lesser risk than, say, streets with no bike lanes, parked cars, etc.
They also found that cyclists preferred the "safer" streets.
You might think that this is a given, but there are many voices advocating for integrated roadways, especially in the face of tight-fisted municipal governments unlikely to part with the necessary cash for dedicated bicycle infrastructure, or even a bit of paint.
Perhaps this study will be ammunition for municipal planners who are trying to convince councillors otherwise.