If You Build Them, Commuters Will Use Them: Association Between Bicycle Facilities and Bicycle Commuting

  title={If You Build Them, Commuters Will Use Them: Association Between Bicycle Facilities and Bicycle Commuting},
  author={Arthur C. Nelson and David Lee Allen},
  journal={Transportation Research Record},
  pages={79 - 83}
Conventional wisdom suggests that if bicycle pathways are provided, people will use them. This assertion is based on a combination of anecdotes, a few case studies, and mostly wishful thinking. Until now, there have been no cross-sectional studies of the association between bicycle pathway supply and commuting by bicycle that control for a variety of factors. Cross-sectional analysis, controlling for a variety of extraneous factors, can help to attribute differences in bicycle commuting to the… 

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