Bike Lanes as Traffic Battlegrounds

Background Reading

Summary

A delivery truck double-parked in a bike lane on East Ninth Street. Drivers often ignore regulations that forbid blocking the lanes. ROBERT STOLARIK FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

A delivery truck double-parked in a bike lane on East Ninth Street. Drivers often ignore regulations that forbid blocking the lanes.
ROBERT STOLARIK FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES


TakeAways

A bit melodramatic is this excerpt:

James Frederick was in Manhattan cycling west in the Prince Street bike lane on a recent morning when a green Ford parked in the lane forced him to swerve into the narrow roadway where cars and vans were rushing past.

Bicyclists ‘filter‘ through traffic in non-bike lanes all the time. Here in Illinois we have a law that allows us to do this so that in the event we are doored we are not also ticketed for leaving our lane.

We have countless videos glorifying the ability of cyclists to ‘ride with traffic‘. These cyclists (as well as their less skillful counterparts) use any venue possible including sidewalks to get where they are going.

The Golden Rule of Cycling

The Golden Rule of Cycling

And as for parking in the bike lane, there are countless instances of bicycles sprawled in the pedestrian lane (i.e. sidewalk) in some cases illegally locked to things like private fences.

So before we start believing in these churned out stories about the poor downtrodden cyclists in urban areas, do your homework and find out what is really going on.