Wednesday, November 26, 2008
How bike-lanes disable cyclists: a case in point.
I spoke with a local private sector urban planner today. He has a new colleague working in the office who is an "avid cyclist", who moved here from some city in the northeast... let's say Boston (not it). He use to commute to work by bicycle, but can't now that he's in Dallas because "there are no bicycle facilities".
He lives in the M-Streets, and works downtown (let's say, Akard and Commerce... although that's not it).
A few weeks ago we (my gentle readers and myself) showed a young lady who was fairly new to cycling, numerous ways to easily make roughly the same trip (from routes for beginners to routes for the mythical FHWA Class A cyclists) .
This new resident, separated from work by just a few miles of easily navigable streets for a "Class A/B" cyclist, feels that without some bike lanes he can't make the trip (and blames Dallas).
I don't know where to begin. It's like these people think bike lanes were invented before bicycles. Or perhaps they are so use to laws that mandate they ride in bike lanes when they are present, they've forgotten you can ride in a street without them.
Or maybe it's just another excuse.