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Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart About Where You Build Them

FiveThirtyEight analyzes data from Minneapolis, apparently the best US city for biking (who knew!) and New York. You have to build the lane on streets that are not close to capacity already, however – tough one in Toronto, where I’m guessing all downtown streets are near capacity at rush hour.

There are other benefits of bike lanes, however: streets report fewer accidents, and long term, having a bike-friendly city means more people bike and thus there are fewer cars on the road.

• April 11, 2014, 11:24 am |