Bike lanes, fewer accidents, better for business

A study conducted in New York City last year shows that bike lanes decrease accidents by up to 58%, while increasing retail business by up to 49%.  Spotted via Boing Boing.  Edinburgh has plans to install a bike lane on George Street downtown. I hope it will be the first of many.
A new study from the New York Department of Transportation shows that streets that safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian travel are especially good at boosting small businesses, even in a recession.

NYC DOT found that protected bikeways had a significant positive impact on local business strength. After the construction of a protected bicycle lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales. In comparison, local businesses throughout Manhattan only saw a 3% increase in retail sales.

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Personally I don't like bike lanes behind parked cars. You are missed(visually) by car drivers more likely and therefore have a higher chance to get hit(physically) by someone taking a right turn(left turn in the UK).
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