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Old 08-16-10, 06:55 AM   #1
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Finally, bike lanes in my area

How cool is this? I live in a pretty small town by most standards, and on the outskirts at that. But I just read that the town has plans to place bike lanes on at least two of the roads I ride frequently. Check out the link below. I'm hoping this is only the beginning of a nationwide trend.

http://www.garnerclayton.com/2010/08...oads-plan.html
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Cool.

Can you stand some gratuitous advice from the trenches?

The next steps are for you and/or other interested riders to make friends with the local transportation planner, arrange some positive attention for mayor and council, and build some partnerships .

Since bike lanes range from highly useful to downright dangerous you want riders involved in details of decision making process.

Your politicians will hear from some anti-cycling cranks and will be happy to have riders watching their backs.

Since you are dealing with a total transport plan you want to support other interests so they see cyclists as allies, not competition.
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I was reading about a mid-sized city the other day, just starting to add bike lanes & MUPs. Their traffic congestion had gotten terrible in recent years. They found out that approximately 45% of all vehicle trips in an urban area were for a distance of 3 miles or less. So they decided it was worth the investment. That if they were able to drive even moderate use of bicycles that they could save millions in road construction over a period of several years.
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I don't like bike lanes. Bike lanes do nothing to enhance our safety and often put us in dangerous positions. They're debris lanes, obstacle lanes, they put us in the 'door prize zone,' and all too often they end when they might go some good: at intersections. When they don't end where we need them most, they often put us where drivers don't see us, or have us doing dumb things like going straight from the right of a right turn lane. Mostly they're there for the convenience of motorists, not us. From what I've seen, bike lanes tend to ****** cyclists' vehicular cycling skills - beginners can just follow the lane, secure in their assumption that the 2mm high white line will prevent cars from hitting them.

Unfortunately, they're the most likely bicycling facility to be built, for a number of economic reasons, as well as the fact that they're preferred by all those beginner cyclists.
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I don't like bike lanes. Bike lanes do nothing to enhance our safety and often put us in dangerous positions. They're debris lanes, obstacle lanes, they put us in the 'door prize zone,' and all too often they end when they might go some good: at intersections. When they don't end where we need them most, they often put us where drivers don't see us, or have us doing dumb things like going straight from the right of a right turn lane. Mostly they're there for the convenience of motorists, not us. From what I've seen, bike lanes tend to ****** cyclists' vehicular cycling skills - beginners can just follow the lane, secure in their assumption that the 2mm high white line will prevent cars from hitting them.

Unfortunately, they're the most likely bicycling facility to be built, for a number of economic reasons, as well as the fact that they're preferred by all those beginner cyclists.
I'm sure everything you say is correct...in this case White Oak Road is a two lane back road that has become heavily traveled. The white lines run along the very edge with washed out dropouts on either side, there is NO place to go if you are crowded. Adding lanes along here would be very helpful as I have seen more and more riders along this road. I'v never had the occasion to ride a bike lane in my area cause I always ride back, rural roads so I don't know what possible drawbacks they might design into them.
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