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Cyclists Shouldn't 'Share the Road', They Shold Have Their Own


Green Lifestyle  (tags: bikes, bile lanes, cyclists, Canada, Europe, infrastructure, Placemaking, safety eco-friendly )

Judy
- 2492 days ago - grist.org
It's called the cycle track. Though we recently discovered it, we didn't invent it: It's been the backbone of the world's most attractive, comfortable, safe bicycling environments for decades in European cities like Utrecht and Groningen.



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Brenda T (0)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 4:55 am
It works well in the U.K.!! They are everywhere and save lives and accidents too.
 

Toni C (508)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 7:40 am
America has been spoiled by four wheeled vehicles, so it's difficult for them to transition to anything smaller that has only two... but, considering the cost of gas and the pollution that it brings, people are beginning to see there's a cheaper, more economical and cleaner way of getting from Point A to Point B. The only problem is, anywhere they ride them, there is danger from cars or danger to pedistrians, so the idea of having special bike tracks sounds like a great idea [and the automobile drivers and pedestrians would probably be forever thankful].
 

Sascha Harper (303)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:15 am
Not only in Utrecht and Groningen, *everywhere* in Holland bicycles have their own road
 

Renee A (4)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:21 am
sounds worth trying as a pilot project somewhere here
 

Beverley Phillips (34)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:40 am
I prefer them as separate lanes rather than painted shared car lanes. The cycle lanes here just stop half way along the road, it's very confusing! I'm quite a nervous cyclist too - it doesn't help that I was overtaken by a van that then stopped just in front of me and the passenger open the door into my path. Luckily I braked in time, but it's knocked my confidence.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:55 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Anne F (17)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:01 am
Separate paths and entrances can work. Will Congress and State houses and city governments pay for another system of roads? At least cycle tracks don't need pothole repair that roads used by trucks do.

However, the bold headline that cyclists 'shouldn't' share smacks of segregating bicycles to only where they 'belong'. Seems to me that we can and should use the pavement we already have for sensible, safe travel.

 

Lidia E F (8)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:51 pm
There is no such thing as safe bike lanes.Accidents happen all the time,and bikers are simply not safe from being plowed into.
 

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 1:02 pm
I think that if cyclists would treat their cycle as a vehicle (which it is) and obey the traffic laws, the road could be shared. However, motorists need to the same. Doubt this is going to happen. Look at all the road rage, people making gestures, loud music, etc. Common courtesy goes a long way.
 

Sharon S (8)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 1:27 pm
This is the only really right thing to do!! Riding bicycles WITH traffic is "legal suicide". Some 'biggie'-Orson Welles? was killed by a blow to the back of the head by the side mirror of a pick up truck in Las Vegas. I worked with a guy who was whacked and sent into a ditch and the driver either did not know he hit someone or knew and ran. The poor guy was in the hospital for a few days, but at least he lived. I refuse to ride with my back to the vehicles. If I get ticketed for it I will have a huge article in the paper regarding "legal suicide" forced on riders by the state, county, government, whoever is responsible for this stupid law. Riders SHOULD get their own safe area to travel. If it works that means it is a terrific idea. yay.
 

Paul Elder (3)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:01 pm
Thanks
 

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:45 pm
My city recently implemented a system allowing bicycles the use of one entire lane on two of our 3-lane one-way streets. This is marked by signs along the road and marking on the pavement. However, cars ARE allowed to also use the bicycle lane, though the cyclists supposedly have the right-of-way. So far as I know, the system has worked somewhat the way it was intended, though there was one cyclist injured when they were struck by a car while riding late at night. Personally, I'd be afraid to use the entire lane no matter what the signs say, because the people who drive in this city seem to think that they all own the road. A segregated bike lane would be a much safer solution.
 

Monica D (580)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:47 pm
Agreed.
 

Monica D (580)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 3:37 pm
Oh to be able to take 0.01% of the US military budget, and use that instead to fund cycle tracks!
 

Donna R (2)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:12 pm
True, cyclists should have their own lanes because a good majority of them don't obey the rules of the road. I would think they should also be obligated to purchase a special license depending on the bike as well as pay a toll for their own lanes. Hey, fair is fair!! There's no free lunch.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:18 pm
Cyclists in Bristol uk rarely use the cycle paths ,lthey on occassions use the road............The cyclist love the pavements..... where the weave in , out and round pedestrians, who fear for their safety. Bristol was awarded the cycle city of europe............. and they were given money to provide equipment to chain up bikes in central areas , extra cycle paths, the use of rental cycles............all this money pumped into cycling and the padestrians take their lives into their hands every time they leave their home............nightmare............We need to prosecute or fine cycling on the pavement....... there is no consideration for people on foot.
 

Joy McRonald (171)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:54 pm
I sure wish they had their own path here in my country..
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 5:19 pm
Memphis is making progress. The mayor's office estimates an additional 55 miles of bike lane will be added this year as streets are repaved. Thanks to efforts of the Sierra Club, the old road bed on the Harahan bridge is being restored for walking/biking across the Mississippi river to West Memphis. This will connect Memphis to The Great River Road heading south along the river and to the Delta Byways Trail near Helena Arkansas.
 

Melanie Clark (13)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 6:19 pm
They definitely need something like this in Miami. There is always someone getting killed or seriously injured while riding a bike with traffic. It would be an awesome idea, and I might even buy myself a bike IF they do this. It works in other places, so why can't they do this here? You would have thought that Miami would have done this a long time ago, but they are slow with everything here. It's ridiculous.
 

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 7:42 pm
noted with thanx.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:02 pm
Noted.
 

Ed G (1)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:52 pm
I agree with some of the comments about the bikers should have their own "space". It will get them out of the car drivers way and if they screw up then let them sue the other bikers. That will really be fun as the bikers think they have the right of way no matter what.
 

Victoria S (19)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 2:07 am
That's a great idea really. I love cycling but I get scared whenever i've got to ride on the regular road rather than a nice safe cycle lane. Cars and buses rush by really close to you and at such speed.
 

Bon L (0)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 5:09 am
Thanks for the info.
 

Robyn M (2)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 7:04 am
Bike lanes are without a doubt needed!
 

David C (183)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 7:05 am
agree... good idea, I wish I could bicycle more, but here in the Minneapolis area we have good bike lanes/roads/options and I am amazed at how many people bike year round even in snow/ice and subzero temps...had I grown up here maybe I could do that, too. Bicyclist safety should become a top priority in new transportation construction as we move into the future.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 8:31 am
I think it is unsafe for both those on bicycles and for the drivers of cars for bicyclist to be on shared roadways. However, It would be very expensive to create separate roadways
 

Roberta Z (16)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 9:26 am
A few of the roads here have bicycle lanes but I never see anyone using them. Another town near by also has the same situation. All that money spent and no one uses them. I have heard people in other places who would love to have modern bicycle lanes to ride instead of dodging traffic.
 

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 3:32 pm
One of the few things I miss the Netherlands for, they also have extensive footpaths, unlike Australia! Where you're almost forced to drive a big fat fossil fuel guzzling tank in order to feel save from other road users (I'm talking human behaviour here!). Utterly disgraceful and wasteful behaviour!
 
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