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Surprise: Bike Lanes Actually Make Traffic Move Faster

Adele Peters

When New York City started adding more bike lanes to city streets, drivers complained that it would slow down traffic. But studies from the transportation department show that the opposite has actually happened: traffic got just a little bit faster in the most crowded areas, even though there's still the same number of cars. I'm curious why that's happening—anyone have any theories? image via Shutterstock

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I wonder if it's really true there are the same amount of cars on the road. Seems like a bike lane would encourage less people to be driving!

    • Adele Peters

      That totally makes sense, although in NYC maybe the bikers are people who might have otherwise been in the subway or walking...

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        So interesting! I wish there were more specific examples in this article then, to understand why the traffic got better!