Comment 70303

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted October 03, 2011 at 22:57:39

The biggest concern I have about bike lanes is the potential to segregate road use. We have to be careful not to make bikes less common and accepted on normal roadways. I'm not particularly fearful of riding in traffic, and I suspect most 12kph bike lane user don't want to deal with me whizzing by at 40kph. I'm not against bikeways in any sense (Vancouver's are amazing, as are Montreal's), but there's a bigger issue, and that's the ability to ride on actual roads.

One winter I had a bus driver start honking madly and screaming at me for riding in a lane of traffic on the King Street bridge, despite the fact the bike lanes were snowed in, un-plowed and pretty much impassable. That, and the other thousand or so stories I could tell of abusive, aggressive and dangerous behaviour by drivers suggests we have a long way to go.

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