In this editorial in the Applied Journal of Public Health, two well-known researchers describe their latest investigation of facilities that both improve safety and encourage more people to choose to bike. John Pucher is with Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Ralph Buehler is with the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Alexandria.
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From the article, “bicycle infrastructure can indeed help improve cycling safety and increase cycling levels. That is clearly demonstrated by decades of evidence from Europe, by the 10 US cities listed in Table 1, and by the article on Boston by Pedroso et al. However, the type and quality of
bicycle infrastructure matter as well. It is crucial to provide physical separation from fast-moving, high-volume motor vehicle traffic and better intersection design to avoid conflicts between cyclists and motor vehicles. More and better bicycle infrastructure and safer cycling would encourage Americans to make more of their daily trips by bicycle and,
thus, help raise the currently low physical activity levels of the US population.”