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?
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-
At PSU, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) researchers Chistopher Monsere, Jennifer Dill and Kelly Clifton are leading the research.
“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,”
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.
For more information about the Green Lane Project, visit: www.greenlaneproject.org. Read about the progress of the Project’s six focus cities on the Green Lane Project blog (http://www.greenlaneproject.org/
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.