Cities need protected bikeways, says American Journal of Public Health
Friday, November 11th 2016 at 12:08PM GMT
The lead editorial in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health calls for towns and cities to install protected bikeways. AJPH is the number one public health journal in the USA. Most of the AJPH is behind a paywall but this important piece piece by academics John Pucher and Ralph Buehler is free to view.
“Except for some college towns and a few large cities, most roads in the United States have no cycling infrastructure, and what exists is often dangerously designed, poorly maintained, and not connected to form a useful network, says Pucher (Buehler collates the stats and the tables; Pucher writes the text).
“Bicycle infrastructure with physical separation from motor vehicles is especially important on high-speed, high-volume arterials with large vehicles such as trucks and buses,” adds Pucher, who is Professor Emeritus at the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
“The Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark offer decades of experience on how to improve the safety, convenience, and comfort of cycling facilities.”
A table by Buehler, who is with the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Alexandria, shows the “significant improvements in cycling safety” after the installation of protected bikeways in some US cities. The table shows that between 2000 and 2015 New York City expanded its bikeway network by 381 percent. Bicycle trips in that time grew by 207 percent, and there was a 72 percent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries.