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@Jacob,

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.

That's my concern as well. I was riding back from Georgetown on Saturday morning, and decided to try the Penn Ave bike lanes (in the median). After a few blocks, of slow going, and getting stuck behind a flock of Segways, I jumped over to the travel lanes for the rest of the trip. ("Bicycles Turn Using Crosswalk", um, "No thanks?")

In my opinion, they're somewhat overengineered, and probably more dangerous than simply taking the right-most lane. Of course, I'm comfortable riding in the street; that's not the case for the folks we want to encourage to start riding.

My biggest problem with these segregated facilities is that there's a well-known sentiment among drivers that if there's a "perfectly good bike path over there" then cyclists should be in it. The greatest benefit of sharrows is that they help legitimize the perfectly legal and proper practice of riding in the road.

by oboe on Sep 13, 2010 11:48 am • linkreport

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