The recently clarified law regarding whether bicycles can pass cars on the right is interesting in that it really does nothing more than attempt to secure insurance claim rights for cyclists. What it does not do is increase safe practices by cyclists:
Active Transportation Alliance is calling attention to itself in its usual fashion to help raise more money for its coffers. The real problem here is that a bike lanes are often placed in the ‘Door Zone‘. Even the Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane has northbound bike riders and pedestrians walking to their cars on a collision course.
Bike lanes that are situated to the left of parked vehicles encourage ‘Door Zone‘ collisions. Making cyclists free to ride even further to the right during Rush Hour traffic to reach the intersection a few seconds ahead of the cars is pointless. It does not encourage safe riding but rather institutionalizes poor practice. This is an example of wrong headed thinking.
We don’t need more chances to collect insurance money from motorists. We need more chances to avoid collisions with them in the first instance.