Study Shows More People Would Ride Bicycles If They Felt Safer

People for Bikes has completed a study of bicycle use in the U.S.  Big take away:  more people would ride bicycles if they felt safer by being physically separated from motor vehicles.  Story is available here.

Key findings include:

  • Thirty-four percent of Americans ages 3+ rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
  • Of those who rode a bicycle, 30% rode five days or fewer.
  • Those who rode for transportation are much more likely to have done so to get to and from social, recreation, or leisure activities (70%) than to have commuted to and from work or school (46%).
  • Forty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
  • Fifty-four percent of adults in the U.S. perceive bicycling as a convenient way to get from one place to another and 53% would like to ride more often. However, 52% worry about being hit by a car and 46% say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated.

It is hard to read study after study and not determine that our bicycle infrastructure is highly inadequate.

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