Why do we need to bring bicycle boulevards to Albany?
Here are a list of statistics from Bike Belongs of why we need to bring bicycle boulevards to Albany.
- After two streets in Minneapolis were converted to be more bicycle friendly, bike traffic increased 43%, total vehicle crashes decreased, traffic efficiency was maintained, and parking revenues remained consistent.
City of Minneapolis, 2010
Hennepin and 1st avenues two-way conversion leads to fewer crashes, better access
- When protected bike lanes are installed in New York City, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists) typically drop by 40% and by more than 50% in some locations.
- Cities with high bicycling rates tend to have lower crash rates for all road users.
Marshall, W., and N. Garrick, 2011
Evidence on why bike-friendly cities are safer for all road users, Environmental Practice, 13, 1
- The majority of bicycle-vehicle crashes are not a result of environmental factors, eg. darkness, fog, or rain.
Schramm, A., et al., 2008
How much does disregard of road rules contribute to bicycle-vehicle collisions? in Proceedings of high rish road users- motivating behaviour change: what works and what doesn’t work? National Conference of the Australian College of Road Safety and the Tra
- A survey of 1,600 cyclists from Texas revealed that 70% of riders felt bicycling is dangerous in terms of traffic accidents, but only 21% thought it is dangerous in the context of crime.
University of Texas at Austin News, 2008
“State Bicycle Survey Reveals Danger Concerns, Cycling Perceptions”
- Major streets without bike facilities are where the most bike crashes happen, followed by minor streets without facilities, bike paths, and then bike lanes.
- Bicycle safety improvements attract proportionately more people to bicycling than automobile safety improvements (i.e. a 10% increase in safety results in a greater than 10% increase in the share of people bicycle commuting).
- Between 2007 and 2008, overall bicycle use in Portland, Oregon increased 28%.
City of Portland Office of Transportation, 2008
Portland Bicycle Counts 2008
- In Portland, OR, 2008 total traffic fatalities were the lowest in recorded history, with only 20 total fatalities, none of them cyclists. 2008 car, pedestrian, and cyclist fatalities were all at all-time lows.
Ciy of Portland, 2009
2008 Fatality Summary
- The more cyclists there are, the safer cycling is.
- Even though 85% of Amsterdam residents ride a bike at least once a week, only 6 or 7 cyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year.
- Higher actual crash risk increases perceived crash risk, while higher perceived crash risk is negatively associated with actual crash rates.