Comment 116734

By ianreynolds (registered) | Posted March 03, 2016 at 03:47:56 in reply to Comment 116732

Actually, one of the major points of contention on this and similar sites is not putting them in close proximity, rather we/they push to separate cyclists and pedestrians. It's even mentioned in this very article that it's unsafe to have wide roads with tiny strips of sidewalk.

Bike sharrows do nothing for safety, and painted bike lanes do very little. Those are the methods that put cyclists and pedestrians in close proximity.

That's why there's advocacy for bike lanes separated by sticks, planters, parked cars, concrete barriers, curbs, and any number of ideas. You know, to keep them separate from vehicles.

There's always the crowd of people that say "cyclists shouldn't be on the roads." Then when money is requested for bike lanes, or protected sidewalks, or slower speed limits, or speed bumps, it becomes "why do they want their own lanes?" As if the complaint was not just that they're too close to the traffic to begin with.

And don't even get me started on blaming this website or the cyclists being too close to the cars for the death of the pedestrians. The "you were asking for it" defence? Really?

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