According to the Wizards of Bicycle Safety at the Green Lane Project (and quick to follow suit has been Bike Portland) claiming that Protected Bike Lanes are ‘safe‘ has been holding us back. According to Mr. Andersen he just knows that the Dutch and the Danes could not be wrong on the issue of bike safety from the use of pretty green lanes. But having to prove they are safer by doing studies is holding us back from installing lanes that we already know to be ‘safe‘ without verifying the finding of the Dutch and Danes.
Very curious reasoning being employed here.
But even more curious is the fact that an even more strongly held belief regarding the non-necessity of helmets from the Danes and the Dutch is not gaining a lot of traction just yet. Why is that? Is it really possible to drink the Kool-Aid™ on bike lanes and not be willing to even sip at the trough of non-helmet use?