Bike lanes are like sidewalks
I was going to respond to THC with the following reply, but it would have completely derailed the thread. I think there is something to this idea. (Perhaps not!:p) Be thankful I discarded the thought of making this into a poll! :D
You seem to have swerved into the truth! (I am not implying that truth is unusual in your posts, rather; What you intended to be a humorous line is actually, in a way, true. ;))
Originally Posted by The Human Car
Sidewalks absolutely do indicate that pedestrians ought not walk on the road. Sidewalks, by their very existence, say:
1) People on foot have their own special lane.
2) That lane is separated from the normal traffic lanes of the road.
3) The mode of travel that is expected to be used in that lane is in its name: sideWALK.
In light of the above facts, does that same reasoning also indicate that a bike lane is where bicycles belong, and not on the road proper? :D
I would say that bike lanes for cyclists are thought of in the same way that sidewalks are for pedestrians. Is that notion good for cycling advocacy?
I had always assumed that the idea for bike lanes springs from the "speed positioning principle". Could its origin actually be due to a "sidewalk principle"?