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Boulder, Colo. — A new research study is underway at Portland
State University (PSU), designed to measure the societal impact of next-
generation protected bike lanes, called green lanes. Green lanes are dedicated,
inviting spaces for people on bikes in the roadway, protected from cars and
separated from sidewalks.
Lessons from the Green Lane, a Comprehensive Evaluation of Protected Cycling
Facilities, is collecting quantitative data to examine ridership, safety, and the
economic impact of green lanes in six major U.S. cities. The study, which kicked
off in September 2012, will run through December 2013.
Because green lanes are relatively new in the U.S., more data is essential to
determine their impact on society: Do they encourage more people to ride? Are
they safe? How do they affect local businesses, drivers and pedestrians? This
study will be the most extensive research project to date on these designs and
will provide quantitative answers to these imperative questions.
The researchers will rely on video data collection in each of the cities – Austin,
Texas, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
They will also design and implement surveys to develop their analyses.
The Bikes Belong Foundation’s Green Lane Project is helping to fund the
research through a $75,000 pass-through grant from the Summit Charitable
Foundation, an environmentally-focused philanthropic organization based in
Washington, D.C. The Green Lane Project works with the six leading cities to
catalyze the creation of world-class bicycling facilities in the U.S.
At PSU, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)
researchers Chistopher Monsere, Jennifer Dill and Kelly Clifton are leading the
“I’m thrilled to be entrusted with this opportunity to evaluate the progress and
the trajectory of a next-generation trend: growing green lane infrastructure,”
said Monsere. “We look forward to collaborating with the Green Lane Project to
identify and ensure best practices, so that these bike facilities are reaching their
full potential and intended use.”
In addition to the funding from the Summit Charitable Foundation, the research
study has received $160,000 from the National Institute for Transportation and
Communities, $20,000 from the Bikes Belong Foundation and in-kind support
from Green Lane Project cities to complete the study.
"Through the Summit Charitable Foundation’s support and PSU’s expertise, the
Green Lane Project will have access to the most concrete data gathered since
the project launched in May 2012,” said Martha Roskowski, director of the Green
Lane Project. “We’re looking forward to seeing additional quantitative evidence of
the benefits of green lanes for cities.”
A comprehensive report of the study findings will be released in January 2014.
Results and feedback based on this study will help to determine the trajectory of
the Green Lane Project, after two years in operation.
About Bikes Belong
The Bikes Belong Foundation, host to the Green Lane Project, focuses on improving
bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs. It is also host to the
PeopleForBikes.org campaign, working to unite a million Americans behind a pledge in
support of better, safer bicycling. The Foundation is the 501(c) 3 arm of the Bikes Belong
Coalition – the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to getting more people riding
bikes more often. Bikes Belong Coalition works to increase federal bike funding, awards
grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs
crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities,
and the National Bike Summit.
The Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, or OTREC, is a
university transportation center based at Portland State University. OTREC houses the
National Institute for Transportation and Communities program and the Initiative for
Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. OTREC research and education programs foster
livable communities, motivated by a vision of transportation furthering larger social and
economic goals. OTREC supports innovations in sustainable transportation, trains the
next generation of transportation leaders and connects academics with the practitioners
who put our research to use.