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Bike Lanes & The Door Zone


I’ve ranted a bit about bike lanes in the past. As I’ve said before: I am not opposed to bike lanes, but so many of them are poorly engineered they create their own hazard by suggesting to well-intentioned cyclists that they should ride within them, and to well-intentioned motorists that cyclists should be within them and therefore that is where one scans for bicyclists.

This video is a demonstration by W. Preston Tyree, the League of American Bicyclists Education Director, on some of the problems created by bike lanes drawn alongside curbside parking lanes — and also of abiding by a three-foot rule next to parked cars. The visualization of the issue should provide food for thought to both those involving in designing bike lanes, and cyclists who make extensive use of such lanes built alongside curbside parking.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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