This article makes a great analogy between bike lanes and ski slopes, with a diplomatic approach to the VC crowd in the final paragraph.
I visited Munich 10 years ago this month and it was a joy to ride through the city on a bike. I can see Munich as a model for improving bike infrastructure in Boston and other US cities.
In many ways Boston is at the same spot the Dutch were in the 70′s. We are facing similar economic, environmental, and health problems. We even share a similar climate and “old world” city layout to many cities in Northern Europe. This town could be rebuilt into a cycling paradise, combined with a state of the art public transportation system we could be ready to face the challenges the next century will bring.
And there will be challenges. Boston’s population is going to grow, and even at current numbers there is a lack of space for cars. We have to take back the space we are currently wasting on things like parking cars, and put it towards more economically useful endeavors like housing and business.
I wish they actually painted bike lanes this way. Mark the door zone in red, and then a bike lane (wider than depicted here) to the left of that.
via stevencanplan, 17.01.12.
In most cities the law is that a bicyclist has 3ft (sometimes 4ft) of space between the riders right side & the car door. Take the space you are entitled to.
Bike Lane Blues of the Day: As we’ve seen, NYC cyclists don’t always respect the rules of the road. But, as New Yorker Casey Neistat makes painfully clear in this PSA, it’s hard to respect the rules when the rules don’t respect you.
i wish police would ticket bike lane obstructors in my city.
Awesome news. This will fill the missing link in my commute to work
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