KALW Bike Week: Grand Plans for More Bike Lanes

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 03:48 PM

Seventeen miles of bike lanes have been painted in San Francisco since summer 2010, and more are in the works, including the city's first parking protected bikeway--a bike lane separated from car traffic by a row of parked cars.

Other plans include removing a lane of parking or of traffic to lay down a dedicated bikeway. That might cause a backlash as similar moves have in other cities.

KALW discussed all this and more with the San Francisco Bike Coalition's executive director, Leah Shahum, who says there will need to be some "creative solutions" for lessening the impact on drivers.

Here's an interview by KALW's Ben Trefny with Shahum.

Full transcript at KALW.




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Comments [1]

Ian Brett Cooper

So-called 'protected' bike lanes do indeed protect cyclists from being hit between intersections (which is an accident that makes up about 5% of all car vs. cyclist fatalities). However, these bike lanes also make cyclists about twice as likely to be hit at intersections (an accident that makes up the vast majority of of car vs. cyclist fatalities) because the line of parked cars shield cyclists from the view of turning motorists.

Good thinking there. The advocates of these 'protected bike lanes' shouldn't act too shocked when the cyclist death rate doubles after these 'protected' bike lanes get installed. After all, it's not like the above info is newly discovered in 2012 - studies showing this have been available since at least the 1980s.

Jan. 30 2012 09:59 PM

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