Survey: Support For Bike Lanes, But More Favor Additional Funding For Roads

October 26, 2017 06:44 PM

Minnesota is the second-most bicycle friendly state in the country, according to a League of American Bicyclists ranking released this week.

But that doesn't mean all Twin Cities residents are happy about it.

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According to new KSTP-SurveyUSA polling, while 54 percent of respondents said they do think bicycle riders should have their own lanes, 62 percent of people also said they'd rather have an additional lane for vehicles instead of bikes.

And when asked if the state should spend more money on building and repairing roads, or on new alternatives to travel like bike lanes, 55 percent said they'd rather see money spent on roads.

"They are creating a problem," said Peter Nelson, a senior policy fellow with the Center of the American Experiment think tank. "They are creating a congestion problem.

"Congestion is not inevitable. Congestion right now in many ways is a choice. We have lawmakers, and we have policy makers in city and state government, that have decided to prioritize bike lanes over congestion."

But others believe bike lanes help relieve congestion.

"I think it's a really good thing," said Dorian Grilley, the Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

He said he'd like to see more bike lanes throughout the state.

"The idea is not to have bike lanes on every street and everywhere. The idea is to be able to get where you want go, whether it's work or the grocery store, by bicycling or walking."


What the numbers show

A SurveyUSA news poll sponsored by KSTP and conducted between Oct. 6 and 7 asked 327 Twin Cities metro area adults their views on bike lanes.

Should bicycle riders have their own lanes on city streets?

Overall (5.5 percent margin of error)
Yes – 54 percent
No – 30 percent
Not sure – 16 percent

Male
Yes – 47 percent
No – 39 percent
Not sure – 14 percent

Female
Yes – 61 percent
No – 21 percent
Not sure – 18 percent

Age
18-34

Yes – 62 percent
No – 25 percent
Not sure – 13 percent

34-44
Yes – 52 percent
No – 30 percent
Not sure – 18 percent

50-64
Yes – 55 percent
No – 34 percent
Not sure – 11 percent

65-plus
Yes – 39 percent
No – 31 percent
Not sure – 30 percent

How important are bike lanes in the city where you live and work?

Overall (5.5 percent margin of error)
Very important – 21 percent
Somewhat important – 30 percent
Not very important – 23 percent
Not at all important – 18 percent
Not sure – 17 percent

Male
Very important – 23 percent
Somewhat important – 29 percent
Not very important – 26 percent
Not at all important – 20 percent
Not sure – 2 percent

Female
Very important – 20 percent
Somewhat important – 32 percent
Not very important – 21 percent
Not at all important – 17 percent 
Not sure – 11 percent

Age
18-34

Very important – 30 percent
Somewhat important – 29 percent
Not very important – 22 percent
Not at all important – 11 percent
Not sure – 8 percent

35-49
Very important – 19 percent
Somewhat important – 30 percent
Not very important – 20 percent
Not at all important – 27 percent
Not sure – 4 percent

50-64
Very important – 23 percent
Somewhat important – 33 percent
Not very important – 28 percent
Not at all important – 14 percent
Not sure – 3 percent

65-plus
Very important – 5 percent
Somewhat important – 29 percent
Not very important – 23 percent
Not at all important – 26 percent
Not sure – 17 percent

If you could chose, would you rather have an additional lane for vehicle, or an additional lane for bicycles, added to city streets?

Overall (5.4 percent margin of error)
Lane for vehicles – 62 percent
Lane for bicycles – 27 percent
Not sure – 12 percent

Male
Lane for vehicles – 60 percent
Lane for bicycles – 30 percent
Not sure – 10 percent

Female
Lane for vehicles – 63 percent
Lane for bicycles – 24 percent
Not sure – 14 percent

Age
18-34

Lane for vehicles – 48 percent
Lane for bicycles – 35 percent
Not sure – 17 percent

35-49
Lane for vehicles – 70 percent
Lane for bicycles – 23 percent
Not sure – 7 percent

50-64
Lane for vehicles – 61 percent 
Lane for bicycles – 30 percent
Not sure – 9 percent

65-plus
Lane for vehicles – 75 percent
Lane for bicycles – 9 percent
Not sure – 16 percent

Credits

Josh Rosenthal

Copyright 2017 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

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