Bikes & commute times, from the Lyon study
- Interesting figures from the statistical study of the Lyon bikeshare
GPS data. A quote:
> "What's interesting is that drivers do tend to underestimate howLink to full article:
> long it will take to get to a place by car, and overestimate how
> long it will take to get there by bicycle," says Elliot Fishman,
> director of the Institute for Sensible Transport in Melbourne.
> "There's a perception that the car is fast and convenient, whereas
> a bicycle is only used if you don't have the means to travel by car.
> "But what a lot of new cyclists say is how surprised they were at
> how quick it was to get to work."
> He says the study found that bicycles tend to take the same routes
> as pedestrians, rather than cars, making use of footpaths, going
> the wrong way up one way streets and using bus lanes.
> "Short cuts make a huge difference to the speed of bicycles � What
> we've seen internationally is that where planners have tried to
> maximise the accessibility of bicycle routes, there are much higher
> level of bicycle use compared with cities where the routes for
> bicycles and cars is the same."
> Short cuts for bicycles might include paths through parks,
> pedestrian and bicycle bridges over waterways, and access for
> bicycles and walkers through dead end streets.
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