What Minnesota, Tennessee, & New York Can Teach Us About Biking Infrastructure

Bike crashes are currently on the slow decline around the US. Although there are many factors contributing to the decline, one of them includes the construction of protected bike lanes in many US cities. Biking infrastructure matters. In fact, studies show that protected lanes are safer for cyclists and drivers.

Examining Protected Bike Lanes in Three Different U.S. Cities


Understanding the benefits of protected bike lanes, some states around the US are home to cities that are currently striving to make biking infrastructure a priority.

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Our home of Minneapolis offers cyclists many types of infrastructure, including parking-protected bike lanes. One of the most notable exists on East 26th Street in Whittier. These protected lanes use parked vehicles and posts to separate bikers from road traffic, providing them a simple and safe way to commute.

Parking protected bikeway on 26th St where it intersects with Nicollet Ave

Memphis, Tennessee


Memphis showcases an alternative for protected bike lanes using wheel stops, concrete buttons, and color. The bike lanes show bike infrastructure can work on a limited budget. 

Planter protected bike lanes in Memphis, TN

New York City, New York


New York City is known for heavy commutes; it's a hub for all kinds of transportation, including bikes. To help cyclists, New York City officials implemented 2.6 miles of protected lanes n one of the busiest sections of Queens. The lanes are parking-protected with designated lane markings and distinct color.

Bike lane protected by diagonal parking in NYC

Each of these new additions has protected cyclists in some of the busiest travel areas in each location.

Making Cyclist Safety a Priority


If there's one thing we can learn from these three cities it's this: there's always more we can do to make the roads a safer place for cyclists via infrastructure. And, should you experience a bike crash, don't wait to reach out for help. An experienced bicycle attorney can help.

Photo of Dan Brazil standing outside on a sunny day

Attorney Daniel J. Brazil of Brazil Law Group is an experienced personal injury attorney with offices located in Uptown. He has a passion for the outdoors, especially cycling and climbing. Learn more about Dan and his practice by following him on Twitter (@LawDanielBrazil and #MplsBikeAttorney). 

 


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  • . Hokan
    The study referenced in your link does not show that protected bike lanes are safer for cyclists. The study does suggest that providing protected bike lanes make a road safer for “all users”, but not necessarily for any particular group of users.

    Rather than just reading breathless web reports you might try reading the actual study.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140518301488?via%3Dihub