Benefits of Adding Bike Lanes

     Adding bike lanes: Why we need bike lanes, benefits of bike lanes, and a brief history.


Why and Benefits:

  • Bike lanes  inspires  people to ride bicycles

Studies have shown that adding bike lane motivate people to take up bicycling. New Orleans studies have shown  57% increases in just 6 months with the new bike lanes added.

  • Bike lanes are safer for cyclists than riding on the road

Researching has shown that the streets that include bike lanes have less cyclist injury by 50%; in fact the bike lanes that are separated from vehicles has 90% less injury.

  • Biking  has a real impact on the environment  

If more people start using bikes as transportation, then we wouldn’t  have to burn as much fuel, this means that there will be less Co2 in the air.


By the end of the 19th century, biking has moved from being a hobby to a way of transportation. The first bicycle path was a 1.4 km stretch built with two paved bicycle paths alongside the Breda-Tilburg cobblestone road, in Germany in the 1920s.

There are many types of bike lanes, not just one. For example Conventional bike lanes, and Buffered bike lanes are same types of bike lanes.

Conventional bike lanes

The Conventional bike lanes are usually on the right side of the street. This facility type may be located on the left side when installed on one-way streets, or may be buffered if space permits.

Buffered bike lanes

The Buffered Bike Lanes are between the parking lanes and/or the motor  vehicle travel land.A buffered bike lane is allowed as per MUTCD guidelines for buffered preferential lanes.




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