What started as documenting another new bicycle lane turned into a textbook example of motorist behavior. Take a look…
How did you like the squeeze play toward the end — entirely caused by the bicycle lane. If I had been controlling the lane, the motorist behind me would have waited until it was safe to pass.
Is that the kind of experience we want for novices? How many time does that need to occur before the novice decides that bicycling is too dangerous?
People, listen: What accounts for high participation in Europe is culture — one component of which are laws that make motoring a bit more difficult and expensive compared to the U.S. Infrastructure has little to do with it (need a reminder?). The best mode share the U.S. has been able to achieve with lane painting is a measly 6 or 7 percent in Portland, Oregon (again, I would argue, culture is playing a role).
All these lanes will get us is movement from a bronze level bicycle-friently community award to a silver award, maybe.
Ooooops. Did I just give it away?