Comment 70335

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted October 05, 2011 at 10:56:33 in reply to Comment 70324

Mark, I urge you to head to Montreal for a few days and grab a bixi. Once you see what separated bike lanes can do for you as a cyclist on the major arteries, you'll wonder why we don't have them everywhere.

While legally, cyclists have full right to an entire lane, the reality is that on busy arteries, motorists do take every opportunity to squeeze as much lane space as they can. This means that a high level of confidence is required on the cyclist's part.

Separated lanes will get more people on bikes and as their confidence builds they will become more comfortable on streets without lanes. In this way, the "superhighways" can be seen as stepping stools to greater cyclist skill as well as acceptance by motorists as bikes become more prominent.

I fully agree with your commentary about motorized "bicycles". The current definition is far too loose (specifically the too-high weight limit for e-bikes). Fundamentally, these are not bicycles and should be treated as mopeds (low power motorcycles requiring licensing)

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