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BOULDER, Colo. (Jan. 15, 2014)-- Entrepreneurs and city leaders across the country have discovered an unexpected tool to create opportunities in growing downtown economies: the protected bike lane.
In a new report from PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business, entrepreneurs and business leaders from major U.S. cities explain how protected bike lanes — on-street lanes that are physically separated from automobile traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts — has meant big benefits for their companies.
The report combines this original reporting with an overview of the latest academic and technical research to find changes associated with four mega-trends:
“These data and testimonials from business leaders make it very clear that, as a nation, we need to prioritize investments in 21st century transportation networks where bicycling plays a key role,” said Jeffrey Miller, President / CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. “This is an especially timely finding given that Congress is beginning work on a new federal transportation bill. Protected bike lanes help businesses thrive — in today’s world and in the context of our nation’s shifting demographics.”
“More and more communities across the country are investing in protected bike lanes — and for good reason. These lanes are part of the solution to getting small and large businesses back on their feet,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes vice president of local innovation. “Just in the past two years, we’ve seen the total mileage of protected bike lanes in the U.S. nearly double, and we expect this growth to continue.”
Read the full report: Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business
PeopleForBikes is the leading national bike movement, uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses, and hundreds of communities to improve bicycling in the U.S. The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project works closely with cities to build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Join the movement at PeopleForBikes.org.
About Alliance for Biking and Walking:
Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of over 200 state and local bicycling and walking advocacy organizations. The Alliance creates, strengthens and unites leaders who are transforming communities into great places to bike and walk.
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About PeopleForBikes.org PeopleForBikes.org is striving to unite one million voices to improve the future of biking in America. They are currently leading the Green Lane Project, which is a 2 year project that focuses on building physically protected and inviting bike facilities in six major urban areas across the U.S. Sign the pledge to get more people on bikes, more often at: www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/pledge.