The Rise of The North American Protected Bike Lane Protected bike lanes, “green lanes,” or cycle tracks, as they are sometimes called, are upsetting the transportation status quo in cities across North America. en-us <function copyright at 0x5409b90> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:03:45 GMT Forester 2e423856-8604-11e3-95e9-1231380a02d9 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:03:45 GMT Stop blaming vehicular cycling
I'm still waiting for anyone to identify a single state where vehicular cycling was an official policy at any point in the past 30 years. That is, a state that repealed cyclist-specific far-right restrictions, where bicycles are legal vehicles, where motorists are not allowed to overtake within the same lane as a bicycle.

As far as I can tell, unicorns are at least as relevant to mode share as supposed official support for vehicular cycling.

U.S. policy for the past 30 years hasn't been driven by vehicular cycling advocates, but by motorists and motor-oriented engineers doing the least they can to comply with checklist requirements for bicycle accommodation.

AASHTO, the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, which publishes the national Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, isn't made up of cycling advocates of any sort. Its standards don't follow vehicular cycling principles any more than they do Dutch or Danish principles. They follow the principle that cars are fast and bikes, if we have to allow them, should be kept out of the way of real traffic.]]> beed00b6-851e-11e3-a55e-1231380a02d9 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:41:24 GMT
Did Forester have a time machine? ccae9f7e-4a87-11e3-98df-1231394043be Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:14:45 GMT Misinformation 746408a6-4828-11e3-afbb-1231394043be Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:47:13 GMT Thanks for the pointer to that paper 269c1c96-4826-11e3-baf2-1231394043be Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:30:44 GMT Montreal d9c41d4e-4760-11e3-91a0-1231394043be Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:58:24 GMT Please STOP Spreading Misinformation
Here's what Cross said:

"Problem 13 must be considered one of the most important problem types revealed by this study because it accounted for nearly 1/4 of all fatalities, three times as much as any other problem type. The distinguishing characteristics of this problems type are: the motor vehicle overtook and collided with a bicycle travelling in the same direction as the motor vehicle:"

Seriously, READ the original study. It's online:,d.cGE]]> 9dbfa9fc-4734-11e3-9602-1231394043be Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:41:46 GMT
Bike-friendly by law f6a8d7c6-4731-11e3-902b-1231394043be Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:22:46 GMT Huntsville, Al I too live in Huntsville, AL and I am so glad to read that I am NOT alone on this matter. I think we can combine forces and change this into the right gear. I am working with some local cycling advocates and enthusiasts. and SCCC, though I'm not an official of any sort. Recently I assisted on pulling together a presentation for a grant to improve cycling. ]]> d015b0a4-4671-11e3-8f5b-1231394043be Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:27:18 GMT huh ed0cd76c-41d2-11e3-8111-1231394043be Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:19:52 GMT You serious, boy? 49a90046-41d2-11e3-bfc7-1231394043be Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:15:18 GMT You forgot Montreal 1a8b5f98-316f-11e3-ab35-1231394043be Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:45:00 GMT I too live in Huntsville.... fab5a662-291a-11e3-923f-1231394043be Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:22:40 GMT Re: Great article a08c7680-254f-11e3-831b-1231394043be Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:29:27 GMT Join your statewide bike advocacy organization
See if your city has a bicycle advisory board or bike master plan. If not, start working to get both. One person with energy can start a whole movement. Your people are there just waiting for you to lead them!
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Re: Please Help! What Can I do?
The type of bike lane you speak of is a "regular bike lane." They are unequivocally not safe, precisely for the reasons you state - dooring, and cars parking or driving in them. None of these things are issues in protected bike lanes, also called separated bike lanes or cycle tracks. They are safer as indicated by this study:

They're safer because they are protected - they are separated from moving cars.

Since you propose that a city lacking bike lanes is it not a bad thing, where do you propose a biker ride?]]> 08a2f052-14cd-11e3-8f34-1231394043be Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:14:19 GMT
Re: Great article
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you. Bike lanes, "protected" or otherwise really do NOT improve cyclist safety. All they really do is to give the cyclist, particularly the new/inexperienced cyclist a FALSE sense of security.]]> 1509f9fa-0d91-11e3-b4dd-1231394043be Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:17:32 GMT
Re: Please Help! What Can I do?
I would suggest that as Kristen has said that YOU start the ball/bike rolling. I would also ask why you feel the need to have bike lanes? Are you aware that in reality that bike lanes do NOT add to cyclist safety? As all they really do is to give the cyclist, particularly the new/inexperienced cyclist a FALSE sense of security and safety.

As I have personally heard numerous accounts of cyclists who were driving their bicycle within a bike lane have been hit and injured or killed as well as having been harassed. I have also personally witnessed TOO many cyclists operating the WRONG way in bike lanes.

I would also suggest researching and seeing if there are any Cycling Savvy instructors in your area and if there is taking the Cycling Savvy course.

But PLEASE do not feel that just because your adopted home doesn't have bike lanes that that is a "bad" thing.

Another danger of bike lanes is when there is on street parallel parking right next to the bike lane. As that sets the cyclists who are using the bike lane up to be doored, i.e. to have a car door opened into their path by an occupant of the car without first looking to be sure that it is safe to open their door.

Also I have personally witnessed lawn care crews parking their trucks w/trailers IN the bike lanes thus blocking them.]]> 7bc903da-0d90-11e3-ba54-1231394043be Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:13:15 GMT
re: please help 79543420-0cf6-11e3-a6a6-1231394043be Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:50:48 GMT Please Help! What can I do? My town is living in the Stone ages ada0395e-0c2e-11e3-8db9-1231394043be Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:00:37 GMT Great article 6f287250-088b-11e3-b397-1231394043be Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:54:30 GMT How will they protect? ]]> c266efe0-06d9-11e3-8048-1231394043be Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:10:08 GMT PPW Law Suit, It's Not Dead Yet
This is all playing out as some kind of Vampire or Zombie movie, the case was dead from the start, but it can't be killed. The grounds for the next hearing are pathetically weak. One hopes that a proper legal stake will be driven through the stone heart of the NBBL suit.

Personal involvement: 30 years ago I brought my 2 year old son to day care by bike, northbound along PPW. There was, and still is, no safe roadways from mid Park Slope to Grand Army Plaza, so I rode on the sidewalk - as a defacto shared use bike path. I normally fit into the "A" type cyclist personality - a Kamikaze style of riding, but this does not work with a baby on the bike. Today, if I had to take my grandsons on the same route, I would be using the PPW Protected Sidepath, and not the sidewalk. Riding on PPW is not a matter of convenience, not an avoidable route and not an avoidable trip. Iris and her NBBL "friends" are trying to kill me and my children. We will ensure that this path will remain, and more protected paths and lanes will be built. ]]> c88744f6-0111-11e3-91b3-1231394043be Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:36:04 GMT
As Obvious as the Nose on your Face 9d04583e-0105-11e3-bd2f-1231394043be Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:08:57 GMT Pennsylvania Ave. not that protected, yet
DC authorities may add Zebras along the cycle track this fall. These are small structures that could deter drivers from crossing into the cycle track. Hopefully this will provide a solution that benefits cyclists and that is acceptable to the US Commission on Fine Arts.]]> 929a1f04-003e-11e3-be29-1231394043be Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:24:09 GMT
Great read
The NACTO guide has indeed been very helpful in presenting straightforward and beautifully illustrated examples of how to bring the best cycling infrastructure to our community. This is only the beginning!]]> 55484b9a-002e-11e3-8426-1231394043be Thu, 08 Aug 2013 06:27:54 GMT
Very helpful 4e625728-ff5a-11e2-8fdd-1231394043be Wed, 07 Aug 2013 05:10:10 GMT Dearborn Street 7d929ff0-fecc-11e2-8838-1231394043be Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:15:00 GMT