The Impact of Bicycling Facilities on Bicycle Commuting Levels

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  08/14/2008


Researchers investigated whether the presence of new bicycle facilities could be correlated with an increase in bicycle commuting rates in various U.S. cities. By mapping facilities constructed in the 1990s and analyzing changes in census data, researchers found no evidence that facilities have a stand-alone effect on bicycle commuting rates. Interviews with city bicycle coordinators revealed the influence of factors including the location of facilities, overall network connectivity and promotion efforts.

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