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Software engineer. Free/libre advocate, traveller, curious and cyclist.


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revised Arguments for/against bike lanes?
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
No one would ask a similar question by replacing in your question bike lanes by sidewalk and cyclists by pedestrians. Of course it's because there are no pro's or con's for sidewalk, they are a necessity. However, one could talk how stupidly in his city a sidewalk was made (e.g. too narrow, always flooded as soon as it's raining, etc.) So my comment was perhaps to reformulate your question so we could share each of us our bad experiences with some cycle lanes implementation, and how we could contact our politicians to fix those. That's almost what you asked in the 2nd paragraphs.
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
Demo: In Toulouse (Fr), there's a small street named "Ste Catherine", it's really narrow, the sidewalk's barely wide enough for a normal person and car cannot by pass a cyclist there. Toulouse has a high problem of driver desobedience. So the mayor decided to put small pillars (1m high) on the sidewalks to prevent cars to park there. However, when applied in Ste Catherine street, there was no place left for pedestrians to walk. So they walk on the road, and women with baby carriage too. Now cars gets angry about them. The problem are not sidewalk though, but the politicians that did that!
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
Small story: "A worker has to do a task within 1 week. After a week of hard work the task is still unfinished and the project gets delayed. The customer is unhappy so the worker's getting blamed for that." That's the obvious 1st reaction. But mine was: the manager is to blame! Either he wrongly evaluated the worker's aptitude or his planning's just plain wrong. Now back to the cycle lane, your view's the obvious a cycle lane (sidewalk?) can have pro's and con's. My view is, the implementation of a cycle lane or a sidewalk can be rightly or incorrectly done, hence the politician is to blame.
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
@Murph - ok then a more pragmatic view would be that we need to improve the understanding in politician minds that cycle lanes are much needed but it is not just about putting a bit of paint on the road. It takes heavy thinking and communication to all road users (pedestrians to drivers).
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comment Should I get a reflective jacket/coat, or more lighting and reflective strips for the bike?
my view is perhaps a bit extreme, but it is not up to the pedestrians to put reflective clothes, but up to the car drivers to drive safely (at an appropriate speed). Thus in my views not enough effort is done to regulate speed limits and speed limits should be down to a crawl in badly lit parts of the city (when it is not a nonsense of course). Human being should not adapt to car, but cars should adapt to human being :-)
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revised Arguments for/against bike lanes?
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
You didn't get what I was saying. A cycle lane is not wrong in it's self (it's neutral), much like wine is not wrong (unless it tastes like vinegar), it's the use of it that could be wrong. So in the case of bike lanes, if it feels wrong in some places it's because it was poorly implemented and badly managed. So we shall not speak of bicycle lane as bad or good, this can't be, it's just a necessity. Please re-read my answer.
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
"You're wrong" is a bit of an over-statement :) I hope you can do better at communicating too ;)
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
@Murph then this is bad communications by the politics who installed the bike lanes. :-) There are numerous countries or places where this is not the case: Netherlands, Germany, some parts of France (esp. the Eastern regions).
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answered Arguments for/against bike lanes?
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comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
I think the question is biased, and you won't get the proper answer. You didn't aks for pro's and con's of bike lane, but for pro's and con's of how the local mayor decided to implement bike lane. Bike lane are good (see The Netherlands example) but in the rest of the world, we can see many example of wrongly implementing bike lanes. Perhaps, you should rephrase your question.
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