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Results and analysis of a national survey of American bicyclists.
McLeod, K., 2015 - How people currently perceive electric bicycles and how these new types of bicycles might fit into our work.

A 2013 study from the Netherlands explored how crashes and near-crashes are different for e-bikes as compared to traditional bikes.
Dozza, M., et al, 2013 - e-bikeSAFE: a naturalistic cycling study to understand how electric bicycles change cycling behavior and influence safety

A review of e-bike classifications and regulations and an exploration of conflicts between e-bikes and other vehicles found that as e-bike users increase, so do issues with vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
MacArthur, J. and Kobel, N., 2014 - Regulations of e-bikes in North America

In a 2015 survey, League of American Bicyclists members agree that e-bikes have positive aspects. More than 80% of respondents indicated that they agreed or somewhat agreed that electric bicycles can be used by older people and people with physical challenges, functionally replace cars for a wide variety of trips, offer transportation options to people who can’t drive, expand the number of people using bicycles, get more people biking more often and make family bicycling more accessible.
McLeod, K., 2015 - Electric bicycles: public perceptions & policy

A study of bike sharing users in Knoxville, Tennessee found that e-bike riders exhibit nearly identical safety behavior as regular bike riders.
Langford, B., et al., 2015 - Risky riding: Naturalistic methods comparing safety behavior from conventional bicycle riders and electric bike riders, Accident; analysis and prevention

A Toronto study found that customers arriving by foot and bicycle visited the most often and spent the most money per month.
The Clean Air Partnership, 2010 - Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business: Year 2 Report

One study found that professional women suffer mentally as a result of their commute, whereas men do not typically show commuting related stress.
Roberts, J. et. al., 2011 - "It's driving her mad": Gender Differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health, Journal of Health Economics, 30-5, 1064-1076

Commuting by active modes – in particular, by bicycling, walking and transit – correlates with higher levels of “commute well-being” in Portland, Oregon.
Smith, O. 2013 - Commute well-being among bicycle, car and transit commuters in Portland, Oregon (Transportation Research Board Poster Presentation).

Longer commutes are associated with a higher risk of long-term poor mental health for women, particularly women with children, but not for men.
Feng, Z. and Boyle, P. 2013 - Do Long Journeys to Work Have Adverse Effects on Mental Health? Environment and Behavior

A 2012 study found that the greatest percentage of time spent commuting comes from less time spent sleeping. Smaller portions of commute time come from less time spent getting exercise and preparing food.
Christian, T.J. 2012 - Trade-offs between commuting time and health-related activities, Journal of Urban Health, Volume 89, Issue 5

Over time, people who commute by car daily tend to gain more weight than those who do not, even if they are physically active at other times.
Sugiyama, T. et al. 2013 - Commuting by Car: Weight Gain Among Physically Active Adults, Am. J. of Preventative Medicine, Volume 44, Issue 2

In a study of parents of overweight or obese children, 76% misclassified their children as either underweight or normal weight.
Parents Remain in Denial About Childhood Obesity, PR Newswire, September 5, 2012

Commuters to McGill University in Montreal were more satisfied with their commute if they cycled than if they drove or took transit – even in winter.
Willis, D., Manaugh, K., El-Geneidy, A., 2013 - Uniquely Satisfied: Exploring Cyclists’ Trip Satisfaction, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Volume 18

The safest bicycle routes in Vancouver, BC, and Toronto were found to be cycletracks on major streets, local streets with traffic diversion, and off-street bike paths.
Teschke, K. et al., 2012 - Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists, American Journal of Public Health, Volume 102

New York City has found that the rate of expansion of their bicycle network corresponds to the rate of growth in cycling the following year.
New York City DOT 2013 - Cycling in the City: An Update on NYC Cycling Counts

A poll of New York City residents shortly after the launch of bike sharing found that the program was broadly popular.
Poll: Bike Sharing Widely Popular After First Month,, June 27, 2013

Red light compliance on a protected bike lane in Chicago was observed to be 81% in 2013, compared to 31% before the protected lane was installed.
City says Dearborn bike signals keeping cyclists in line, Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2013

Between 36% and 77% of cars are speeding on non-freeway streets, according to federal research.
Transportation Research Board, Texas Transportation Institute, 2003 - Design Speed, Operating Speed and Posted Speed Practices, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 2003

Cities around the U.S. have found that protected bike lanes increase bicycle ridership, reduce motor vehicle speeding, reduce crashes and improve people’s feelings of safety on those streets.
Chicago Department of Transportation, July 2012 - Protected Bike Lanes Fact Sheet

In a survey of Portland residents, those people who are interested in cycling but concerned about their safety reported that they would be much more comfortable in a physically separated bike lane than in a painted bike lane.
Dill, J., and McNeil, N., 2012 - Four Types of Cyclists? Testing a Typology to Better Understand Bicycling Behavior and Potential (Working paper)