I hate traffic with unbridled vitriol. I could never live in a big city with their maddening congestion and constant construction. However, a new study suggests cycling might be faster than driving in some places.
What he found was that during regular driving hours, cars and bikers in Lyons both averaged in the area of 10 km/h. During rush hour though, bikers are able to get around at 15 km/h (in a hurry to get home from work no doubt) while the car’s average speed plummeted in congestion.
Other interesting tidbits from the data suggest that peak biking speeds occur around 7:45 and 8:45 am, as people rush to get to work. Since there are no designated biking lanes though the bikers get around the city any way they can, including cutting through bus lanes and down alleys.
I’d be interested to see how this compares to other cities like New York and San Francisco. Might be enough to convince some people to ditch the car and buy a bike. Maybe even me!
Source: MIT Technology Review
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.