Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 10:57
In collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the University of Georgia’s Survey Research Center, Georgia Bikes has completed the first ever statewide survey of Georgians' attitudes toward and awareness of bicycling issues.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 13% of adult Georgians ride a bicycle at least once per month
- 88% of adult Georgians agree that bicycles provide a reliable, efficient means of transportation for short distance trips and errands.
- 81% of respondents either strongly agreed (37.0%) or agreed (43.9%) that they would ride a bicycle more frequently if their community had better bicycle facilities such as bike lanes or multi-use paths.
- 92% of respondents either strongly agree (29.2%) or agree (63.1%) that encouraging bicycling is a long-term investment in a higher quality of life for their community.
- 66% of respondents report that more driver education about the rights of bicyclists is either extremely important (21.1%) or very important (43.5%).
- 72% of respondents either strongly agreed (30.0%) or agreed (52.4%) that both motorists and bicyclists fare best on the road when bicyclists act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
- 87% of respondents either strongly agreed (26.6%) or agreed (59.9%) that if more people choose to use a bicycle instead of a car for transportation, we would have cleaner air, healthier citizens, and lower healthcare costs.
- Finally, an overwhelming 92% of respondents either strongly agreed (39.5%) or agreed (52.9%) that they would feel safer knowing that the law required a 3-foot safe passing distance for cars passing bicycles.
The full survey report is available here.