The Impact of Bicycling Facilities on Commute Mode Share

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Persistent link to this item

Statistics
View Statistics

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Title

The Impact of Bicycling Facilities on Commute Mode Share

Published Date

2008-08

Publisher

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Type

Report

Abstract

A 2005 study by Barnes, Thompson, and Krizek examined how the addition of bicycling facilities during the 1990s influenced localized bicycle commuting rates in the Twin Cities. They found that new facilities had a small but consistent and statistically significant impact on increased rates of bicycle commuting in areas immediately surrounding these facilities. This study expands on these findings by applying the same methodology to six other cities that experienced new facility construction during the 1990s. The purpose is to determine whether results from the Twin Cities are consistent elsewhere and to identify possible contextual factors influencing facilities’ impact on bicycle commuting rates in a given city. We conclude that the “build it and they will come” theory is not universally applicable; context factors are an important element in determining the effectiveness of new commuting facilities. Among the key factors we identified were the level of publicity surrounding new facilities, the utility of routes to commuters, and the overall connectivity of the city’s bicycling network. This evidence will aid in the evaluation of bicycle facility investment as a congestion reduction strategy.

Description

Related to

Replaces

License

Collections

Series/Report Number

Funding information

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Isbn identifier

Doi identifier

Previously Published Citation

Suggested citation

Douma, Frank; Cleaveland, Fay. (2008). The Impact of Bicycling Facilities on Commute Mode Share. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/151438.

Content distributed via the University Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor. By using these files, users agree to the Terms of Use. Materials in the UDC may contain content that is disturbing and/or harmful. For more information, please see our statement on harmful content in digital repositories.