Study: Drivers Pay Attention to Painted Bike Lanes


By Charles Pekow — It helps to paint bike lanes. When motorists see the paint, they’ll give cyclists more room, says what purports to be the largest study of the issue. Australian researchers put cameras and distance sensors on 162 cyclists in two cities, recording 46,769 incidents where motorists passed them. Even when controlling for the width of the road, the drivers gave more room when they saw the paint.



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Charles Pekow
Charles Pekow is an award-winning Washington correspondent who has written about bicycling for years in publications such as the Washington Post, Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag, SPOKES, etc. as well as Cycling West/Cycling Utah. He also writes frequently on environmental issues and beer, among other topics. Weather permitting, you'll find him most weekends and some summer evenings astride a bicycle in a park. He is also a charter member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.


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