Re: Bracelets for Bike Lanes?"PMDavis" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:57:41 -0600, Pat Lamb
> <pdl678NOSPAM@comcast.net> wrote:
> >Callistus Valerius wrote:
> >> Like I said I hate bike paths, and they are extremely dangerous,
> >> experience. But bike lanes, are fantastic, but you have to have a
> >> network of them through the city, otherwise they could be dangerous as
> >> transition from bike lane to a street without a bike lane.
> >I haven't ridden in a decent bike lane, where by "decent" I mean
> >well-maintained, well-planned, of adequate width, or safe. But I
> >haven't ridden on all bike lanes. Where do you find these wonderful
> All new state roads in florida are required to have a four foot wide
> bike travel lane built and striped each direction. It's the outside
> lane on all roadways and drivers know to watch for bikes there.
I do not experience conflicts with cars when I'm in a bike lane and going
slowly -- the problems only happen when I'm going relatively fast.
Motorists expect bikes to move at 5-10 mph. On an uphill grade in a bike
lane, grinding away at these speeds, I never have problems with cars. But if
I'm doing the descent on the other side of the road at 25 mph, right hooks
and cars turning left into me seem to be constant problems.
I wouldn't be surprised if the folks who support bike lanes in general are
slow or inexperienced riders; fast riders who pile on the miles probably
have had enough problems with bike lanes that they feel they are dangerous.
I expect that all these wonderful Florida motorists all so nicely aware and
alert and looking for bikes in the bike lanes are expecting pokey people at
low speeds. Zip along at above 20 mph, and I bet there would be a different
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