Comment 32302

By Frank (registered) | Posted July 06, 2009 at 13:59:33

Brandon, To a certain extent your right. However when the paved surface extends into the bike lane, a driver still perceives a roadway that fits their vehicle and will most likely take up part of the bicycle lane. Not to mention that a car's mirrors are at handlebar height for most bicycles which means that as nervous motorists swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, they mirrors project over the line into the bike lane potentially causing some serious accidents.

You say that making driving uncomfortable is the best way to slow things down...I disagree to a point as well. Making driving uncomfortable makes people edgy and more likely to display road rage with little or no provocation. There's a balance between forcing people to slow down and making them want to slow down. Providing a comfortable (but not Main Street width) lanewidth at the same time as improving the right of way to allow for more green space and other modes of transportation is the best way to do both.

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