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Re: “New Bike Lanes And Boxes Make Debut on Capitol Blvd., Main And Idaho Streets

I will be the first to admit that sharing the road with cyclists is one of the major annoyances of driving, but mainly that comes from the stress of having to be hyperaware of the activity of another person that is completely outside of my control - which I have to do anyway with other drivers. Other cars are just bigger, they don't fit quite as easily into my blind spots, and I have more experience in anticipating what they're likely to do. I actually believe that the bike lanes will reduce some of that stress because the cyclists will be more separated from the vehicles. Yes, it's likely to be a nuisance to lose an auto lane, but I would rather sit for a little bit longer in traffic than be the driver in a cyclist vs. car accident. There is the risk, though, of these lanes causing a false sense of security for both drivers and cyclists - we still have to be aware of the cyclists, but I feel like these bike lanes/boxes will make that easier.

ACHD may need to adjust some of the traffic lights, too - with no right-turn-on-reds allowed with the bike boxes, there could be some major congestion issues.

And while I like the idea of bikers having to walk their bikes across the street from a DRIVERS perspective (and children should most definitely still be taught this) - it is completely unrealistic from a biker's perspective. If they had to do that downtown, they may as well walk instead of bike.

Also, cyclists are helping to protect our environment as well as doing something to stay healthy. Why would we want to make it harder for people to do that?

And no, I'm not a biker - but it's not always all about me.

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Posted by WaterLily on 05/01/2014 at 9:55 AM

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