David Luskin (left) and Ian Hallett (right) compiled and evaluated data on the interactions of cyclists and drivers in three Texas cities to uncover the impact of labeled bike lanes on road safety behaviors. The study funded by the Texas Department of Transportation was conducted by the researchers at the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin.
Photo: Patrick Cummings
Here's a fascinating story from the UT School of Engineering that should dissuade anyone from ever thinking that a P.E. behind a name is worth anything more on face value than the ink (or pixels) used to render it. Or the letters AICP.
The City of Dallas passed on the chance to participate in this study, as the pre-study questionnaire was so full of hidden biases indicating that the intent of the "study" was only to justify an already agreed upon conclusion. That's not science. It's propaganda (an area in which I was trained in another life).
WARNING! Do not be drinking fluids while reading this article!
To whet your appetite, I'll feed you this closing howler from the story:
“Bike lanes reinforce the concept that bicyclists are supposed to behave like other vehicles, and make life safer for everyone involved as a result,” Hallett said.