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USDOT encourages Road Diets to increase cycling safety

Biking is an efficient and fun way to commute and it’s also a great way to get physical activity. To promote biking, it’s important for communities to provide comfortable, safe, and convenient bikeways. During the summer months, the number of cycling enthusiasts increases – making it all the more timely to point out that adding bikeways to a roadway can enhance safety and comfort for cyclists and drivers alike. A very effective example is a “Road Diet,” which involves reconfiguring the road, removing one or more motor vehicle lanes, and often adding bike travel lanes. Reducing lane widths can result in lower traffic speeds that better align with posted speed limits and typically result in less severe injuries in the event of a crash. Road Diets can also reduce pedestrian crossing distances, which can result in fewer pedestrian crashes.