Picking up from where we left off in Reducing Bicycle Accidents with Bike Lanes: A Look at the Facts (Pt. 1), here we will resume our discussion regarding the ways in which bike lanes may save lives, benefiting the commuters in a city, as well as the city itself.
Reducing Bicycle Accidents Is Not the Only Benefit of Bike Lanes…
While the substantial safety benefits of adding bike lanes to busy roadways should be enough to compel transportation authorities to seriously consider adding more bike lanes on the busiest city thoroughfares in Denver (and in other urban centers), there are some other significant benefits that bike lanes can provide to a city.
Specifically, in addition to reducing the number of bicycle accidents that occur on a city’s busiest roads, bike lanes can also generate various economic benefits, only some of which reportedly include the following:
- Local business will generally see an overall increase in business and revenues, as riders are far more likely to stop and shop than people in passenger vehicles.
- A majority of people involved in various surveys have agreed that the presence of a large network bike lanes in a city does make that city a more appealing place to live (and move to).
- It is far less likely that commercial venues will be or stay vacant for any period of time. In fact, in cities like New York City and San Francisco, the addition of bike lanes on many highly traveled streets resulted in a nearly 50 percent decrease the number of vacant storefronts on those streets.
- Similarly, businesses on roadways that have recently had bike lanes added to them reportedly have seen their retail sales increase by as much as 49 percent in the weeks and months following the installation of the new bike lane.
The bottom line seems to be that bike lanes bring various safety and economic boons to the cities that have them. While these features may not completely eliminate the incidence of bicycle accidents, they do seem to result in a direct reduction of bicycle accidents, which is undoubtedly the best benefit to installing bike lanes on busy urban roadways, as it saves lives.
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