City streets can be scary places, espe­cially when you’re on a bike and everyone else is rushing past you in cars. Our streets can also be deadly places: in 2010, 618 U.S. cyclists were killed on roads. Fully one-​​third of bike fatal­i­ties happen within inter­sec­tions. The prospect of get­ting smashed into the asphalt keeps all but the most fear­less cyclists off of many city streets. Scary streets mean a less bike­able city.

Nobody wants to ride their bike in the left lane of a six-​​lane road with 40-​​mile-​​an-​​hour traffic. It’s crazy,” says Peter Furth. He’s a civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and co-​​author of a new report out from the Mineta Trans­porta­tion Insti­tute that looks at how varying levels of “traffic stress” on dif­ferent city streets can limit where people are willing to ride.

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