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What Will it Take to Make People More Comfortable With Biking?

A new national survey gathers evidence about what it would take to convert larger numbers of people to the bike lifestyle.
March 15, 2015, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Michael Anderson shares news of a national survey—the first of its kind—to explore the opinions of people "interested but concerned" about biking.

According to Anderson, "As part of its new national survey about bicycling participation, PeopleForBikes hired a public research firm to survey thousands of American adults. One of the questions: whether they would like to ride a bicycle more often."

The post goes on to detail the evidence gathered in the survey, including the following findings:

  • One third of people who want to bike more are dissatisfied with existing bike infrastructure.
  • Bike ownership is a major obstacle to riding.
  • People fear being targeted while on their bikes (especially people of color).
  • Cities in the western United States do a better job of integrating bikes and transit.
  • Everyone worries about getting hit by cars, but the concern varies among demographic groups.
  • Everyone wants protected bike lanes

The post includes a lot more detail on each of these points.

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Published on Friday, March 13, 2015 in Streetsblog USA
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