Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
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I often use these where appropriate. It is one place where I have never had any sort of conflict with drivers regardless of how congested the road is, they seem to recognise and accept (if not respect) that space as for cyclists only. That's still no reason to get complacent, though.
Here in Sydney we have the most agressive cager culture in the country, and one of the most agressive in the world. If this segragation technique engenders tolerance above and beyond just sharing the WOL then it clearly improves safety. On similar roads which have the width but not the paint the level of active agression towards cyclists is significantly higher (in my experience).
There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.