Poll: what do you think about bike lanes?

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Poll: what do you think about bike lanes?

spiced spiced
Do you have bike lanes where you live? Do you love them? Hate them?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
We have bike lanes in my community and I love them.
41  (58%)
We have bike lanes in my community and I hate them.
4  (6%)
We don't have bike lanes here but I wish we did.
22  (31%)
We don't have bike lanes here and I'm glad we don't.
4  (6%)
Total votes: 71
Poll is closed
12/17/2012
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Kissy Kissy
As long as both parties are aware of the rules, they are great. I have seen bikers breaking rules, and that is not right.
12/17/2012
indiglo indiglo
I think they're a great addition! But around here, I see a lot of cars still driving in them, so in that case I think they may give a false sense of safety to the bike riders.
12/17/2012
subwayrailings subwayrailings
theyre important !
12/17/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
We don't have them, but it would be nice if we did.
12/17/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by Kissy
As long as both parties are aware of the rules, they are great. I have seen bikers breaking rules, and that is not right.
I'm a cyclist and I know what you are talking about. But one thing you need to take into account is that sometimes we cheat a light or stop sign because we are human powered, we don't have hundreds of horsepower to re-accelerate from a complete stop.

Sometimes bikers can be a nuance - but they are not dangerous to you. You can kill or maim a cyclist, they can't do you any harm at all.
12/17/2012
leatherlover leatherlover
When I used to ride, most of the time there weren't bike lanes available. And when they were, they were extremely dirty with rocks and debris, and even more dangerous to ride in then on the main road. I'll pass, and stick to where it is safer to ride.
12/17/2012
Pink Lily Pink Lily
I really like having the lanes around here. It makes driving, riding and walking easier! We have sidewalks on most of the main roads around here (we're a college town) and without the bike lane most people will ride on the sidewalks, which gets really frustrating when you're trying to walk.
12/17/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
Bike lanes are fine in sensible places, but sometimes they try to squeeze them in where the roads are barely wide enough to begin with, and it just makes things seem more dangerous.
12/17/2012
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Do you have bike lanes where you live? Do you love them? Hate them?
We have bike lanes in my community
12/17/2012
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
I love them, and I think they're a great for the cyclists.
12/17/2012
Voir Voir
A lot of people here bike, but there aren't bike lanes B| makes it really dangerous for people who have to go over interstate / highway when traveling... which is what most of the roads are.
12/17/2012
Lovesickalien Lovesickalien
I ride my bike for transportation so naturally I'm all for them!
12/17/2012
luvslukin luvslukin
Bike is my primary transportation, so I love them. As far as seeing bikers break the rules, well I see car drivers do things like not yielding to the biker when the car is going to turn right and the bike is coming up their right hand side. That's very dangerous. The big pet peeve though is car drivers that use bike lanes as a turn lane.
12/17/2012
Rossie Rossie
We have bike lanes all over the place; I glad they're available because there are a lot of bicyclists around, and I don't have to swerve to avoid them.
12/17/2012
True Pleasures True Pleasures
We have bike lanes, but the bikers always ride the line. It's really scary for the driver's because they're always afraid they'll hit someone. It seems like they only do it in my city, though. Not sure why.
12/17/2012
gwenevieve gwenevieve
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Do you have bike lanes where you live? Do you love them? Hate them?
We don't have bike lanes here and it makes it VERY dangerous to ride because people aren't used to sharing the road with cyclists. My husband and I have almost been hit my cars and had to actually wreck to avoid being hit by a car because they're too selfish to share the road.
12/17/2012
JennSenn JennSenn
The bike lanes in my community are really nice! I like them a lot.
12/17/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I'm a cyclist and I know what you are talking about. But one thing you need to take into account is that sometimes we cheat a light or stop sign because we are human powered, we don't have hundreds of horsepower to re-accelerate from a ...
..Unless they cause you to crash.
12/17/2012
Intrepid Niddering Intrepid Niddering
I'm not really sure how to vote. We have one bike lane near the grocery store and that's it. I'd like for there to be more, but my main concern right now is that I want them to install sidewalk.

A lot of kids have to walk home from school and the paths from the schools to the different subdivisions have no sidewalk whatsoever. It's just the road and then dirt on the side with two-feet-high overgrowth. We have scorpions and snakes here that could be hiding out in all that, in addition to random broken bottles from people chucking them out of their cars. It's just not safe.
12/17/2012
TrenchcoatHunters TrenchcoatHunters
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Do you have bike lanes where you live? Do you love them? Hate them?
We have them and I hate them, they don't even use them here.
12/18/2012
jr2012 jr2012
we have some bike lanes, and I am for them! We have a lot of cyclists in the city and I feel safest (for both parties) when they are in their lane. It's really stressful driving on a narrow one way street with a bike next to you!
12/18/2012
ARPKasso ARPKasso
We have bike lanes here and there, but we have more running and bike trails so I rarely see bikers on the road.
12/18/2012
Feisty Feisty
We don't have bike lanes here but I wish we did. I hate it when bikers are in the road and wish they had their own lanes.
12/18/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
..Unless they cause you to crash.
If a cyclist causes you to crash - it has to be because you were not paying attention - or driving too fast.

With the combination of hydraulic power brakes, power steering and a powerful engine - you have all the tools you need to keep yourself safe - and the cyclist as well.
12/18/2012
Meltingfish Meltingfish
I feel like a lot of drivers in my area intentionally drive in the bike lanes to make life difficult for the bikers because a lot of the drivers in my area are jerks. As long as both sides obey the rules I think they're great.
12/18/2012
darkr darkr
Bike lanes are fine as long as the bikers stay in the lane and not ride the line
12/18/2012
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Do you have bike lanes where you live? Do you love them? Hate them?
There are many in my community, and I like that.
12/18/2012
spiced spiced
We have bike lanes and they are somewhat useful. It's not a complete network, they're not the best kind and city seldom bothers to remove debris from them. Every winter, they plow the streets and pile the snow (and debris) right in the bike lanes.

The best bike lanes I've seen are in NYC. Instead of having parked cars on the curb and a bike lane on the outside of that (in the traffic), they have lanes with the bike lane between the parked cars and the curb. These protected lanes are awesome. There's a lot less friction between drivers and cyclists, debris doesn't pile up in them and even grandmas feel safe to toodle around the city on a bike. Unlike most places, where it's either pedestrians-on-wheels (POWs) who bike because they don't have other choices or recreational spandex cyclists on bikes that cost more than my car.

If you don't ride a bike, you might not understand why a cyclist would ride so far to the left in the bike lane. 90% of the time, it's to avoid the broken glass, rocks and other nasty things which have accumulated in the bike lane. Also, if there are cars parked on the side, it's not safe for a cyclist to ride in the "door zone" right next to the parked cars.

There's definitely a lot of misunderstanding of the bike rules, especially among car drivers who don't realize the law in most places allows a cyclist to ride pretty much anywhere cars can go and that a cyclist has the right to take the whole lane when safety demands it. And yes, a lot of cyclists completely blow off the rules.

The rules need to be updated. In a couple of states, you don't have to come to a complete stop at stop signs, and you don't have to wait for a red light. You do have to slow down and make sure it's clear before going through a stop sign and you do have to come to a complete stop at a red light. Except in places with VERY heavy traffic, this makes A LOT more sense than having to stop/start at every intersection. I think these laws should be almost everywhere.

I used to commute by bike and loved it. I got a workout every day without having to go to the gym and it didn't take me any longer to get to work than if I drove. Parking was easy, I wasn't pumping a bunch of co2 into the air and just being outdoors for an hour a day was often the best part of the whole day. It would be nice if more people could have that and not have to worry about getting run over.
12/18/2012
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Intrepid Niddering
I'm not really sure how to vote. We have one bike lane near the grocery store and that's it. I'd like for there to be more, but my main concern right now is that I want them to install sidewalk.

A lot of kids have to walk home ...
I totally agree about sidewalks. I've lived a couple of places without them and I HATED not being able to simply walk places without fearing for my life.

Having to drive everywhere completely sucks--and of course, kids often don't have any alternatives, so they have to risk their lives if they're not lucky enough to have parents who can drive them everywhere. It's just stupid.
12/18/2012
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