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Jazzy,
First, I think that cyclists who want to ride fast are going to do so no matter what, so I don't really think it's that big an issue. Few cyclists are going to rally against these cycle tracks because you have to travel slightly slower in them. It's not worth the effort when you can simply ride in the street. These cycle tracks are built for people who aren't yet on a bike, or who are never comfortable on the road as it is. The only time cyclists rally against a cycle track is when there are significant safety concerns. This happened in Minneapolis where a cycle track squeezed bikes into a narrow door zone between parked cars and the curb. (http://bit.ly/aY4ZXM)

As for drivers, I think it's important that they know that it's legal for bike to ride on the street, even if a cycle track is provided. I'm not sure what the laws are in DC, though. I think leaving the sharrows would probably be a good idea, but I think it's a fairly minor point overall. The most important thing is to get people out riding, because that seems to be the biggest factor in making cycling safer. Cycle tracks are a proven way to make folks comfortable enough to start cycling.

by Jacob on Sep 13, 2010 10:25 am • linkreport

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