High-Quality Bike Facilities Increase Ridership and Make Biking Safer

NACTO’s report, Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride (pdf) combines in-house research with analysis of other reports, and finds that:

  • Riding a bike is getting safer as cities build better bike lane networks.
  • Gains in bike safety are especially important for low-income riders and riders of color.
  • More people ride when cities build protected bike lanes.
  • Most people are “interested but concerned” about biking and would bike with higher-comfort facilities.
  • Bike share systems should be matched with extensive protected bike lane networks to encourage ridership and increase safety.
  • Bike share programs increase the visibility of cyclists, making riding safer for everyone.
  • Mandatory adult helmet laws reduce bike ridership and don’t increase safety.
  • Long-term engagement efforts, done by and with communities, can build support for necessary safety improvements.