“Studies in New York found that a surprisingly large percentage of vehicles coming into lower Manhattan were government employees or others who had an assured parking spot. Other studies have shown the presence of a guaranteed parking spot at home—required in new residential developments—is what turns a New Yorker into a car commuter. On the flip side, people would be much less likely to drive into Manhattan if they knew their expensive car was likely to be stolen, vandalized, or taken away by police. And yet this is what was being asked of bicycle commuters, save those lucky few who work in a handful of buildings that provide indoor bicycle parking. Surveys have shown that the leading deterrent to potential bicycle commuters is lack of a safe, secure parking spot on the other end.
“What Would Get Americans Biking To Work? Decent Parking,” by Tom Vanderbilt, Slate On-Line, 8/17/09
“Our research shows that separate paths and lanes are especially important for those unable or unwilling to do battle with cars for space on busy roads such as arterials with heavy traffic and many large vehicles such as trucks and buses. Training courses may help, but they do not eliminate the inherent danger of cycling on the same right of way with motor vehicles. Moreover, many people prefer to avoid the anxiety and tension of cycling in mixed traffic, aside from the safety hazards. Most Europeans believe that bicycling should not be reserved only for those who are trained, fit, and daring enough to navigate busy traffic on city streets.”
“Cycling for a Few or for Everyone:The Importance of Social Justice in Cycling Policy,”
by John Pucher (Rutgers) and Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech);
in World Transport Policy & Pactice (4/09), http://www.policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/CyclingEveryoneWTPP.pdf