Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood
Incorporating cycling into daily life is one way to increase physical activity.
This study examined the impact of building new bike lanes in New Orleans to determine whether more people were cycling on the street and with the flow of traffic after bike lanes were built.
Through direct observation of one intervention and two adjacent streets, observers counted cyclists riding on the street and sidewalk, with and against traffic, before and after installation of the lanes. Data were tallied separately for adults, children, males, females, and by race for each location.
There was an increase in cyclists on all three streets after the installation of the bike lanes, with the largest increase on the street with the new lane. Additionally, the proportion of riders cycling with traffic increased after the lanes were striped.
Bike lanes can have a positive impact in creating a healthy neighborhood.
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- 1. Prevention Research Center, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, TW-19, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA
- 2. Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, TW-19, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA
- 3. Department of Epidemiology, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, TW-19, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA
- 4. Louisiana Public Health Institute, 1515 Poydras Street Suite 1200, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA
- 5. Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, TW-19, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA