I came across an interesting report today posted in the blog “people for bikes” which should give my fellow cyclists reason to hope that urban planners may pay greater attention to insuring our roads are “bicycle friendly” in the future. As I can’t summarize the report more effectively than people-for-bikes did, here is an excerpt which I hope you’ll find as interesting as I did:
“There’s no question: some car drivers hate sharing the road with bikes. But a growing body of evidence shows that the majority of urban auto users prefer bike lanes – especially physically separated ones.
The latest proof comes from Rebecca Sanders, a transportation planning scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.
As reported last month by Streetsblog DC, Sanders conducted surveys of people arriving at various locations on San Pablo Avenue in the East San Francisco Bay (pictured above) by foot, car, transit and bike, asking what amenities would make them feel safer.
The replies were startling.
“The most requested item, across the board, was a bicycle lane on the corridor,” Sanders told Streetsblog. “It was the most requested item by drivers, it was the most requested item by pedestrians, and it was the most requested item by bicyclists. That was quite surprising to us.”
To read the entire post from people for bikes, click here.
You will be directed to the Streetsblog DC report by clicking on the embedded hyperlink above.