Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces

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  • Published on:  9/5/2018
  • America's first parking-protected bike lane came to New York City in 2007. Here's what happened next.

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    When Janette Sadik-Khan was hired as chief transportation official for New York City in 2007, she took a page out of Denmark’s playbook and created America’s first parking-protected bike lane, right in the middle of downtown Manhattan.

    A parking protected bike lane created a buffer between the traffic of cars, trucks and buses and cyclists. But it also eliminated parking spots.

    The protected lanes didn't just make the streets safer for those on bikes; they also improved traffic flow for vehicles and spurred increased retail sales for businesses nearby.

    You can read more about the 9th avenue protected bike lane pilot program here:
    https://nacto.org/case-study/ninth-avenue-complete-street-new-york-city/

    And you read a full study on all of the data used in this video here:
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/cycling-in-the-city.pdf

    Here is a full inventory of all implemented + planned protected cycle tracks in New York City:
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nyc-protected-bike-lanes.pdf

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