Comment 39257

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 29, 2010 at 13:52:32

Kiely, I share your concern about low-quality bike lanes, i.e. painted lines as opposed to high-quality, grade separated bike lanes.

Incidentally I feel the same way about building BRT as an interim to LRT. The problem is that once the BRT is in place and in use, it becomes very difficult to disrupt it while LRT is under construction and the city gets 'locked in' to a second rate transit system.

However, I'd argue that with bike lanes the principal benefit is the perception of safety. As I argued above, simply creating a continuous network of marked bike lanes will encourage more people to cycle, and the higher number of cyclists all by itself will a) reduce the casualty number, b) normalize cycling for motorists and c) attract still more people to try cycling.

By the time the technical limitations of painted-on bike lanes compared to grade-separated start to manifest, bike lanes will have strong and broad enough public support to overcome political obstacles to upgrading those lanes.

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