I just wanted to get a sense of what people think about curb extensions. For those of you who don't know what these are.. here is a picture (http://www.vml.org/VTC/VTC3910-3.html)
They are beneficial to pedestrians because they shorten the distance needed to cross the street. They also give more visibility to the motorists, since the ped is further out.. making it more likely for the motorist to stop for the ped. Also, they slow down cars, making a visual cue that the road is narrower.
They should only be installed where onstreet parking is, allowing a parking space to be removed, replaced by the curb extension. This makes it so that the bicyclist doesn't have to swerve since they will continue going straight.
But, many bicyclists still say they have to swerve around them, and don't like them. Any other experiences?