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Friday, April 5, 2019

Non-Arterial Bikeways: The Better Option

Perhaps the biggest crock about these “Living Streets” projects is the push for bike lanes on busy boulevards. Instead of putting such bikeways on lower volume streets, where cyclists of all abilities can more safely and more comfortably ride, cities are creating hazardous conditions that set back the effort to make cycling more accessible.

So why the push to put bike lanes where car traffic is heaviest? Because bike lanes make a good smoke screen for the real agenda: Money. Adding arterial bike lanes lets cities qualify for federal money for their street projects plus it enables them to increase their tax base by turning small business districts over to high-density developers.

But really, do you know any cyclist who enjoys sucking tailpipe exhaust or dodging turning vehicles? Is it smart to put inexperienced cyclists — especially children — alongside heavy traffic? And does it make sense to route bikes through hectic business districts, where cars constantly pulling in and out of parking lots significantly raise the risk of bike/car collisions?

Tom McCarey Member, National Motorists Association



Anonymous said...

Great opinion article. Example #1 of poor judgement regarding bike travel is the designation of US Rt 6 as a bike route. Narrow, winding, heavy truck traffic, etc etc. Not a pleasant, secure, safe (or fun) place to ride at all, as you fear for your life. This comment from someone who does a lot of biking in north central and northwest PA.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Heartily agree with you anonymous. As a former bicycle rider and heavy truck driver, Route 6 is as dangerous as it gets for a bike rider. No room to get off the roadway. Bicyclists taking the driving lane causing big trucks to reduce speed to bicyclist's speed or run over the bicyclist or take out a family car coming the other way. Bicyclists should have a roadway like the back roads from Port Allegany to Coudersport as a trail for safer riding.

Anonymous said...

I heartily agree, keep the bike lanes off busy roadways!! I bike and I drive and I hate it that the two are integrated. What a waste of taxpayer money and increasing the danger to all!