[Tagging] designated bike lane

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Mon Jan 3 15:49:48 GMT 2011


On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Even if the sidewalk were officially designated as a shared path, that
> would not make it any safer.

Yeah, the only way the sidewalk is a safer path would be if you slow
down and yield to cars at every crosswalk.  While you might arguably
have the right of way in some such situations, many people driving
cars just don't expect relatively fast moving vehicles to appear in
crosswalks.

The safest path in this particular section of road for a bicyclist who
doesn't want to basically stop and look both ways at every
intersection, would be in the right-hand motor vehicle lane.  At least
until after the bridge, and probably all the way through the Veterans
Expressway interchange.  Of course, except for at the bridge itself,
where I think anyone would agree that it's reasonably necessary to
avoid the bike lane, riding in the motor vehicle lane is arguably
illegal, due to the mandatory bike lane law.

So in one sense, yeah, the sidewalk probably is the safest path.  It's
the path I'll be taking my son on the first time he rides that way.
But its safety assumes you're going to slow down and yield at every
intersection.



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