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April 18, 2011



If I opened a Taco Bell in the middle of Lake Ontario I bet it would have trouble getting many customers. An island of infrastructure in the middle of a sea of hostility is not entirely useful.

Alan M

Yep, this is an interesting opinion rant piece, no doubt.

Another telling perspective is provided by the NYC's Mayor's Office which put out a memo (see: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/pdf/bike_lanes_memo.pdf ) claiming, among other positive benefits, that segregated bike lanes have reduced collisions of all types by 40% to 50%.

It would seem that even empty and unused bikeways save motorists from themselves.

NYC is definitely having challenges in moving the transportation agenda forward. Some light is shed by this recent study: http://www.utrc2.org/research/assets/176/Bicycle-Brief1.pdf
NYC has missed a few key pieces in what would otherwise be an integrated plan par excellence, leaning on all the best practices learned from more successful cities.

Jeff S.

Perhaps the people cycling to work are bringing their bikes inside, to avoid having them stripped of parts (or stolen entirely) during the day.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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