Friday, December 3, 2010

Bike Lanes: 2.0

Despite the snow (or "snow" - as there hasn't been much accumulation), I'm still biking. One of my friends, a hard-core bicyclist, plans to continue using his bicycle throughout the winter. I'm not willing to make that level of commitment, but I plan to keep at it until I skid out.

Even though bicyclists will thin out over the next couple months, they're still present on the roads - and in bike lanes, where they exist. My group project on bike lanes in Ann Arbor re-presented last night. As part of our retooling, we conducted a survey regarding the infamous bike lanes in Ann Arbor and the signage thereof. The questions were as follows:

1. In Ann Arbor, do you think that bikes can legally ride on sidewalks?
Yes: 43%
No: 57%

2. In Ann Arbor, do you think bikes can legally ride on the streets without a bike lane?
Yes: 80%
No: 20%

3. Do you know what this picture is?
Yes: 80%
No: 20%

4. How many people were correct?
Correct: 25%
Incorrect: 75%

Our conclusions were that people are generally fairly confused about bike lane regulations in Ann Arbor. As the city plans to expand its bike lane infrastructure, consumer education will be vital in ensuring that road users (both bicyclists and drivers) know how to deal with these signs and bike lanes - especially if they're covered in snow.

1 comment:

  1. Does this mean that 14% of people think you can only ride bikes in bike lanes?