Recently, a study published by the University of Colorado Denver has shown
that shared lane markings, also referred to as sharrows, are not actually
benefiting bicyclists at all. To determine whether sharrows were actually
making the roads safer for cyclists, researchers examined a number of
safety outcomes throughout Chicago. Some areas received designated bike
lanes, others received sharrows, and some areas received no treatments
The study proved the following:
- Designated bicycle lanes are much safer and encourage more individuals
to ride bicycles as sources of transportation.
- Sharrows did not improve safety or encourage cyclists to ride more often.
- In areas with designated bike lanes, bicycle commute rates increased by double.
- Bike commute rates only increased by 27% in areas that received sharrows.
- Areas that received no treatment saw a 43% increase in bike commuters.
In addition, places that had bike lanes installed saw a 42% decrease in
injuries while places with sharrows or no treatments did not see any significant
changes. In conclusion, designated bicycle lanes create safer road conditions
for cyclists since it allows cyclists to create a more significant and
larger presence on the road which is necessary when riding next to passenger
vehicles, trucks, and buses.
Involved in a Bike Accident? Contact Roman & Gaynor
If you have sustained injuries in a bicycle accident and believe another
driver or person should be held responsible for your damages, get in touch with
our Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys at Roman & Gaynor right away. We can examine your collision and determine
who should be held liable for your harm. From there, we can construct
an efficient and effective strategy to pursue maximum financial compensation
for any medical expenses or lost wages you may suffer as a result of your
accident. We let you focus on the road to recovery while we handle the
complicated legal matters.
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