America Increases Biking Infrastructure
Cycling infrastructure has led to crash rate decrease by about 75 percent in US cities.
Research has shown that ten cities across the US have noted less fatalities and injuries suffered by cyclists due to presence of proper infrastructure. Even though US have a lot of work to do when it comes to encouraging bike commuting, it has been working on cycling infrastructure and the results are already showing. This was part of a study that was published recently by American Journal of Public Health. This study has been well timed as the National Bike to Work week starts off across the country from May 15th to 19th. In the study experts in urban affairs and planning were interviewed who stated that improved infrastructure as well as technology which certainly help reduces serious injuries and traffic fatalities and their rates to a large extent.
The study indicates that the majority of US roads lack the infrastructure for encouraging cycling. The cycling routes that do exist are not designed well enough to connect to major networks and cross sections as well as are poorly maintained. Injury rates and fatalities in this country are higher as compared to countries that have better infrastructure for cyclists such as the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
The research points out to the improvements that have been made in cities like Portland and Philadelphia as well as eight others where bikeways have been improved to decrease rates of fatalities and risks of injuries or accidents. What are being increased are protected lanes for cyclists that are separated for the cyclists from the main traffic by raising curbs or with concrete barriers. The trend of increasing cycling infrastructure has also risen in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Chicago. It is hoped that this will lead to more cycling activities among Americans.