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Is there safety in numbers for bicycles in Minneapolis?

bicyclist in MinneapolisIn observance of National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week 2017, Brendan Murphy of the U of M’s Accessibility Observatory shares his work on bicyclist safety in Minneapolis in this guest post.

More people are biking or walking to work in North American cities each year, including here in the Twin Cities. With increased biking and walking, more opportunities for conflict with cars exist, and the safety of our more vulnerable road users becomes an increasingly important consideration.

The goal of this study, funded by the Roadway Safety Institute, was to attempt to predict crash rates between cars and bicycles at street intersections in Minneapolis—based on car and bike traffic levels—and then assess whether areas of the city exist that have much higher per-bicyclist crash rates.

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Posted in Bicycling, Safety, Transportation research

New manual helps agencies count bike, pedestrian traffic

Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual coverAs part of an ongoing effort to institutionalize bicycle and pedestrian counting in Minnesota, MnDOT has published a new manual designed to help city, county, state, and other transportation practitioners in their counting efforts.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual, developed by University of Minnesota researchers and SRF Consulting Group, provides guidance and methods for collecting bicycle and pedestrian traffic data in Minnesota. The manual is an introductory guide to nonmotorized traffic monitoring designed to help local jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, and consultants design their own programs.

Posted in Bicycling, Planning, Traffic data, Transportation research

May is National Bike Month

35240Today marks the start of National Bike Month, an annual celebration of bicycling sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

Established in 1956, National Bike Month aims to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to hit the roads and trails on their bikes. One week of the month (May 15-19) is also designated as Bike to Work Week, highlighting the growing number of people who choose to commute by bike.

For many years, researchers at the U of M have been conducting bicycle-related studies focused on traffic, planning, safety, health, and more.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

Videos on transportation research featured in new online resource collection

Screenshot of CIVIOS home screenLast week, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs launched CIVIOS, a new online collection of videos, podcasts, and other multimedia tools that translate public affairs research into easy-to-understand presentations.

The collection includes three new videos on transportation-related research conducted by CTS scholars Yingling Fan and Greg Lindsey.

Posted in Bicycling, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research

Loren Terveen named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

profile_terveenCongratulations to Loren Terveen on being named a new Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the U of M! The program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status, and recipients hold the title for as long as they remain at the U.

Terveen is a CTS-affiliated researcher in the U’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

Bicycling industry, events have economic impact in Minnesota

bicycling1The bicycling industry in Minnesota—including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail sales, and non-profits and advocacy groups—produced an estimated total of $780 million of economic activity in 2014. This includes 5,519 jobs and $209 million in annual labor income (wages, salaries, and benefits) paid to Minnesota workers.

These findings are an important component of a multifaceted report from U of M researchers. Their research, funded by MnDOT, provides a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Economics, Transportation research

Bicycle commuting improves public health, reduces medical costs

shutterstock_408774553According to the results of a new study, bicycle commuting in the Twin Cities metropolitan area reduces chronic illness and preventable deaths, saving millions of dollars annually in medical costs.

The findings are one component of a multifaceted project funded by MnDOT. In the final report, researchers in several U of M departments provide a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research
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