Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bike Lane: A Decision



Since mentioning bike lanes in a previous entry, I decided to ride them whenever I could and read about them. I couldn't find anything like people who advocated bike lanes as the best thing ever. But I found a few negative items (on the internets) about bike lanes.

A couple of the comments I received on my posts were really the most helpful.

With that, I've formed an informed opinion of bike lanes. Here it is.

Bike lanes are useful when built correctly. Bike lanes are really awful when built poorly. Of the places I ride, Minneapolis has built the worst lanes and St. Paul has built the best.

I'll try to post photos of some of both types.

4 comments:

Pete said...

I just saw this yesterday and was going to pass it along to you, or post it on my blog. It pretty much sums up how I feel about bike lanes.

http://bicyclefixation.com/bikelanes2.html

Thanks for making me think about them.

A Midnight Rider said...

There are lots of opinions on bike lanes for sure. A road design that is wide enough to accomodate bikes is fine with me.

That's the type I ride every day. Most vehicles here move left across the yellow line, but it's really not necessary.

Anonymous said...

There is a bike lane on Minnehaha Ave in St. Paul between Western and Dale. It must be used frequently by trucks hauling little rocks. Because there are always loads of them cast off into the bike line.

If there was no bike lane, I'd say, "eh, just the nature of that road" but since there is a bike lane, I feel entitled to a rock free ride.It makes me wish they hadn't bothered with the paint.

Gordy said...

For an example of an awful bike lane, try the lane down the middle of Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis at oh, midnight. Head west on it, only to discover, it abruptly stops or disappears like only a government sponsored (failed or incomplete) project can.

Just don't tell Ray I said that.

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