Separate Bike Lanes Increase Ridership In Sydney 82%
Treehugger just posted about recent cycling initiative in Sydney that have increased ridership 82% in two years time. Common sense measures from many cyclists perspectives, from a ridership and advocacy perspective it is amazing progress that I’d love to see happen on my watch.
The Guardian explains:
…Sydney is working to provide 200km of cycle lanes by 2030, with 55km separated from traffic. Although Campbell admits that segregated cycle lanes are not ideal, with the risk of producing a “them and us” mentality, they have been successful in persuading previous non-cyclists to get out on their bikes. Research done by the council has shown that the likelihood of a resident commuting by bike increases exponentially with the proportion of their commuting trip made possible on a separated bike lane.
The new lanes have been combined with decreased speed limits and extensive junction redesigns which give cyclists priority and improve visibility. One advantage of the new junctions is that there has been a decreased number of accidents involving all modes of transport, not just bikes.
They have run safe cycling courses, given out cycling maps and encouraged “gracious” cycling, providing free bike bells for stretches of shared use pathways. Efforts have been made to keep the local community on board by making the new facilities attractive.
All these measures have combined to produce rapid growth in cycling over two years, with numbers up by an average of 82% across all areas of the city.
Read more at Treehugger and The Guardian.