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Re: “The Squeaky Wheel

I don't mind bikes who follow the vehicle laws (and enjoy cruising thru needless red lights), but when cyclist rides in the center of the lane, UPHILL, in the main car lane (with accompanying bike lanes), he is just ASKING for a run-in. Use the bike lanes unless they don't exist. Otherwise, pretend you're a bike, up against WAY more horsepower than you want to engage with.

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Posted by Dave Wiedemann on 11/08/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “The Squeaky Wheel

The "buffered bike lanes" that were experimented a year or two back were AWFUL!!! Who thought that was a good idea? I'm glad they're gone.

Sure - cyclists might be a little safer, or have the perception of a little more safety, in the middle of the block. But at every intersection, the parked cars blocked the view, making cyclists behind them even harder to see! And visibility is already one of the biggest challenges. (I have this theory... if a motorist sees me, as a general rule he won't deliberately run into me. But if I'm invisible to him, all bets are off.) I had several close calls when emerging at intersections, when motorists had the view blocked by parked cars.

Put traditional bike lanes where they make sense. Maybe even protected (you know, with a curb or pylons) where bicycle use is particularly heavy. But - the behind-the-cars bike lanes? BAD IDEA! (My 2 cents.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 11/08/2017 at 8:38 PM


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