Bikeway Design, Implementation and Activation

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We have a long history in researching bikeway infrastructure, e-bikes, and signals to advance innovative design, safe mobility and accessibility of bikes for all ages and abilities. We look at how cities and regions can better plan for and prioritize multi-modal transportation, and we use our NITC research to produce practical guidance for transportation professionals.

Learn about the impacts of our research on bikeway design, implementation and activation.

Learn more here about the other impacts from a decade of research funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Six U.S. cities observed increased ridership of +21% to +171% after installation of protected bike facilities.

Funded in partnership with PeopleForBikes, this study was a comprehensive analysis of separated bicycle facilities in six U.S. cities: Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Memphis, Tennessee; and San Francisco, California. Video observation was used to evaluate safety and operations, and user surveys (of bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians) assessed attitudes, perceptions, preference, use, and understanding. The research team worked closely with practicing professionals in these cities as part of the project, including conducting site visits to all cities and meeting with city staff on multiple occasions.

A measured increase was observed in ridership on all facilities after the installation of the protected cycling facilities, ranging from +21% to +171%. Over a quarter of riders indicated they are riding more in general because of the protected bike lanes. Support for the protected lanes among residents was generally strong with 75% saying that they would support building more protected bike lanes at other locations. Findings from the study included suggestions for clarifying and improving turning and mixing zones at intersections; improved understanding of the perceived safety benefits of various types of bike lane buffers; and insights into the importance of protected bike lanes in encouraging more women, traditionally underrepresented among bicyclists, to ride a bicycle for transportation.

“The timing is great. The surge of interest in protected bike lanes in cities and towns across the country is being matched by agency work to better understand, refine and standardize the designs. We are delighted to have helped fund this important and rigorous project.”
-Martha Roskowski, vice president of local innovation for People for Bikes

Learn more about Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., led by Chris Monsere, Portland State University.

National scan of equity programs from 70 U.S. bike share systems offers peer-driven guidance.

A series of studies supported by the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) NITC has produced reports, articles and presentations that tell the story of who is using bike share, how to engage underserved communities, and what cities are doing to make bike share better serve those communities. Connecting with cities and bike share operators from across the United States, the research team also conducted a nationwide scan on what programs and initiatives were running to address equity across 70 bike share systems. This resource has helped cities and operators navigate the range of strategic actions that they can take now to increase equitable access to their systems, as well as how to measure and articulate the successes or challenges of their initiatives. Pulled from this study, NITC funded the development of ten technical briefs to help bike share systems learn from the experiences of others, innovate, and more quickly move toward greater equity.

“Our organization is trying to work intentionally to ensure our outreach and our membership is as inclusive as possible. As we work to successfully reach all members of our community, equity considerations are top of mind. Seeing specific and actionable steps outlined from peer communities helps us to envision strategies we could use locally to increase access for all populations in our community.”
-U.S. Bike Share Operator

“The document saved time in researching best practices for bike share equity, and was used to inform a potential bike share expansion planning and low-fare program.”
-U.S. Bike Share Operator

Learn more about Breaking Barriers to Bike Share and the subsequent National Scan of Bike Share Equity Programs, led by Nathan McNeil of Portland State University.