As bike lanes get added to streets around the US one common concern keeps arising: how will this affect congestion? Narrowing roadways by including bike lanes seems like it would clearly increase car traffic, but data from New York City suggests that when done correctly, adding bike lanes can actually speed up traffic flow. Since 2007, the city has added over 30 miles of protected bike lanes.
The solution most commonly used? Road diets.
A road diet is commonly described as “removing travel lanes from a roadway and utilizing the space for other uses and travel modes.” There are many implementation strategies, but when done correctly they provide smoother traffic flow through neighborhoods and better safety for everyone using the road...
Via Lauren Moss