Bike Lanes and Non-Collisions
According to a paper published by the American Journal of Public Health, an increase in bike lanes in New York City did NOT lead to an increase of collisions between cyclists and others, despite the increased number of cyclists said bike lanes influenced.
As the paper summarized,
Results. Installation of bicycle lanes did not lead to an increase in crashes, despite the probable increase in the number of bicyclists. The most likely explanations for the lack of increase in crashes are reduced vehicular speeds and fewer conflicts between vehicles and bicyclists after installation of these lanes.
Conclusions. Our results indicate that characteristics of the built environment have a direct impact on crashes and that they should thus be controlled in studies evaluating traffic countermeasures such as bicycle lanes. To prevent crashes at intersections, we recommend installation of “bike boxes” and markings that indicate the path of bicycle lanes across intersections.
Or in other words….duh. No, I kid. These studies can be crucial in convincing stodgy NIMBY types that their fears are unfounded and that bicycle infrastructure is crucial for increasing quality of life and that they won’t wreak havoc upon our cities.