Saturday, July 04 2015 @ 08:44 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
-> USDOT: Many communities across the U.S. have embraced an approach that reduces roadway congestion and stretches our transportation dollars: bicycle infrastructure. Even better, improving bicycle infrastructure boosts economic growth.
In Texas, for example, the City of Austin estimates that a planned protected bike lane network will increase the citys traffic capacity by 25,000 trips a day (http://bit.ly/1GKk38q
). And, a report from the New York City DOT shows that installation of protected bike lanes on Columbus Avenue actually led to a 35 percent decrease in vehicle travel time (http://bit.ly/1yeUe19
Bicycle infrastructure can be a significant contributor to economic growth... a Furman University study reported increases in commerce ranging from 30 percent to 80 percent for businesses within 250 yards of a greenway, and linked more than 75 percent of Saturday business and 40 percent of weekday business to greenway use.... [http://1.usa.gov/1dyqZh5
from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.