Comment 7048

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 20, 2007 at 21:09:02

"are express routes still possible with the LRT options being proposed?"

Absolutely. An LRT system worth its salt would run on dedicated lanes and receive automatic preference at intersections (i.e. the light changes to green when the train approaches). There's no reason it can't be considerably faster than driving.

Re: bike lanes - I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, bike lanes can get more people feeling comfortable to ride their bikes. On the other, the lanes aren't actually as safe as they seem. Potential collisions arise at intersections when a cyclist is riding straight through on a bike lane and a motorist is turning right across the bike lane.

For arterial roads with relatively high vehicle speeds and few intersections, bike lanes may be a very good fit. In busy downtown streets, I think the best way to keep cyclists safe is to slow traffic through lane narrowing, two-way conversions, street trees and other psychological calming methods, etc.

On the gripping hand, though, the industrialized country with the most successful rate of cycling (The Netherlands) is also committed to bike lanes. There doesn't appear to be an unambiguously clear answer.

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