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We could file this under “duh,” but it’s worth pointing out anyway: Bike lanes make life easier for cyclists and drivers.

A new study out of Johns Hopkins University found that in Baltimore, 17 percent of drivers didn’t give cyclists the requisite three feet of space when passing them—unless the cyclist was in a bike lane.

Good thing we’re getting a lot more bike lanes this year.

Full report here.

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