Thursday, November 13, 2008

[Cyclelicious] New comment on A United Front.

Jennifer has left a new comment on your post "A United Front":

Most of the problem is that the quiet side streets (which cyclists are always told are safer, no?) are just simply too dang narrow to share. A single cyclist, even one hugging the door zone, can create enough of a bottleneck in these narrow residential labrynths to drive a driver insane with road rage. Where would a separated bike lane go? It would have to replace a parking lane, and some people would give up a kidney before they gave up a parking spot.

So, I dunno, maybe the vehicular and the facilities people could put up a more united front if we all shook off this notion that busy = unsafe. Seems to me that arterial streets would be the best places for separated bike lanes, especially since many of them already have parking restrictions. So nobody would miss the parking (or if there's already a parking lane, then nobody would miss a traffic lane), cyclists would be able to ride where they actually want to go instead of following some circuitous side-street route through heck knows where, and at night there'd be better lighting and possibly more people afoot for added safety (because traffic isn't the only safety concern that keeps people off bikes).

Posted by Jennifer to Cyclelicious at 11/13/2008 12:45:00 AM