Brief Report

Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 101-107

Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood

  • Kathryn M. ParkerAffiliated withPrevention Research Center, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Email author 
  • , Janet RiceAffiliated withDepartment of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • , Jeanette GustatAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • , Jennifer RuleyAffiliated withLouisiana Public Health Institute
  • , Aubrey SpriggsAffiliated withDepartment of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • , Carolyn JohnsonAffiliated withDepartment of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Abstract

Background

Incorporating cycling into daily life is one way to increase physical activity.

Purpose

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

Bike lanes can have a positive impact in creating a healthy neighborhood.

Keywords

Bicycling Built environment Bicycle lanes Transportation infrastructure Environmental design Active living