In the graph on the right notice the biggest piece of the pie, the 60% who would ride if conditions were safe. For bike advocates this is the Invisible Constituency — we can’t see these future wanna-be cyclists because they’re not on the roads yet, but protected bike lanes bring them out.
Green lanes are meant to serve a more cautious group, people who might want to ride to work, to socialize, or to do errands, but who are intimidated by pedaling through hectic urban traffic.
What routes come to mind when you think of hectic urban traffic?
If you ride anywhere in Southern California you may have a long list. For me, the list includes the roads with high speed cars mixing it up with bicycles — routes like Newport Coast Drive, Jamboree, MacArthur and Coast Hwy.
So protected bike lanes are an innovation and although they’re having a big impact in the cities that build them, there are plenty of naysayers — even among the bike community some say they’re more dangerous, but as the numbers show, cyclists are “voting with their feet” and flocking to the safety of a protected bike lane.