Study: COVID-Era Pop-Up Bike Lanes Increase Cycling Trips Up to 48%

Pop up bike lane

Streetsblog USA

Kea Wilson

Jan 27, 2022

If you pop it up, they will come.

According to a new study, European cities that installed pop-up bike lanes during the early days of the pandemic increased the number of daily cycling trips by as much as 48 percent on average, previewing what could be possible if similarly-built American cities did the same.

And if the new interventions became permanent, the researchers estimate that Europe would enjoy “between $1 and $7 billion in health benefits” — an amount that the authors say significantly exceeds the money those communities spent on the pop-ups themselves.Here’s why many American cities can do the same thing — and a few challenges and opportunities they’ll face when they do. Read more here.

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