Monday, January 08, 2007

The Case for separated Bike Lanes



by Clarence Eckerson

6 comments:

Joe (BikingToronto) said...

Hey man, congrats on the exposure for your photos on Torontoist today. :)

Blake said...

As a cyclist, I would love this sort of thing, but it was odd to notice that there weren't any pictures of people biking in the snow. Surely New York gets winter. Is it still a good use of public space if it goes unused for 1/3 of the year, or should we budget for retractable heated domes over the top?
(Or more global warming. I've got to say that I've loved my last few commutes. ;)

Anonymous said...

Best bike lane is a road closed to cars.

ryanz4 said...

Every time I watch a NYC bike riding video I cringe at the thought of having to ride in that city.
I'm envious of places such as Kopenhaven, Amsterdam, Stockholm and even in our own backyard, Montreal!

Anonymous said...

newbies who think they are traffic engineers. what happens at every intersection? if you want to ride on the sidewalk, get on the sidewalk. if you want to ride in the road, get in the road. get rid of the stupid bike lanes so there's more room for everyone.

chephy said...

"what happens at every intersection? if you want to ride on the sidewalk, get on the sidewalk. if you want to ride in the road, get in the road. get rid of the stupid bike lanes so there's more room for everyone."

+1. People complain about right hooks with regular bike lanes and think physically separated lanes are the solution? *sigh* That's only going to make right hooks worse. And it will slow cyclists down. Basically it is a bad idea.

A regular bike lane is much better. Just a nicely paved wide lane with no markings that f**k everything up at intersections is better still. I mildly support ordinary bike lanes because they seem to attract folks to cycling, even if these lanes are functionally inferior to just regular wide lanes. But physically separated lanes like this I'm gonna oppose at all costs. The only place where they make sense is at very long intersectionless stretches with fast traffic. But then regular bike lanes and wide lanes would work there as well..