BOSTON (CBS) – Bike lanes are popping up all over the place and a new study out of the University of Colorado Denver and the University of New Mexico finds they are actually making roads safer for everyone.
More and more people are biking to work, which you might think makes roads more dangerous, but it’s not true in cities which have dedicated bike lanes.READ MORE: You can now order a 3rd round of free at-home COVID tests from the post office
Researchers looked at 13 years of data from 12 large U.S. cities and found that the infrastructure put in place to accommodate cyclists, like separated and protected bike lanes, resulted in fewer deaths and better road-safety outcomes for everyone.READ MORE: Marcus Smart questionable for Celtics-Heat Game 1 with foot injury
For example in Portland, Oregon the road fatality rate dropped by 75-percent.MORE NEWS: More hot weather ahead: Boston area could hit 90+ on Saturday
The researchers say bike lanes have a calming effect on traffic, slowing cars and reducing fatalities.