For decades, protected bike lanes were a missing tool in the American toolbox. That changed in 2007, when New York City began building protected bike lanes at a rapid pace, helping jumpstart a wave of U.S. innovation. Today, 480 miles of protected bike lanes contribute to the 1,200-mile network used by more than 800,000 residents on a regular basis. Prioritizing connections, building out bike share, and making space for everyone are key components of New York City’s success.
More people riding bicycles creates stronger, safer and healthier communities. The key to getting more people biking is to provide safe, convenient and attractive places to ride.
This report draws on the experiences of Austin, Chicago, Denver, Memphis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle to create a general guide for adding this exciting, effective new form of project delivery into your city’s toolbox.
For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived.
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