The Green Lane Project
Riding a bicycle next to motorized vehicles can be nerve-racking and downright dangerous. While many people enjoy using bikes as a mode of transportation, many others are deterred from biking because they are not comfortable sharing lanes with cars. Protected green lanes reduce bicyclist injury risk up to 90 percent, according to a case study called Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists.
The Green Lane Project (GLP) is working to make riding bikes safer and more accessible. All across the country, the group is collaborating with U.S. cities to make cyclists feel better about riding in the streets with protected bike lanes, which separate motor traffic from the bikers using curbs, planters, posts or even parked cars. With a better way to travel by bike, more people will be willing to utilize the green transportation alternative to motorized vehicles. Bicycle volumes increased 200 percent after protected lanes were installed on D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue green lane, according to the District Department of Transportation.
Increased bike traffic is good for the entire city. Not only does it reduce pollution coming from vehicle emissions, it also means that residents will be healthier all around and storefronts will see an increase in sales. The physical activity is a great alternative to sitting sedentary while waiting for a car, bus or train to arrive at the final destination.
These 12 cities have already taken steps to implement protected bike lanes, thanks to GLP:
You can help make your city more bike friendly by providing secure bike parking around popular cycling areas. Especially if your site is near a designated bike lane, consider installing these superior bike racks from Anova's Modern collection, or the classic Metro collection.