Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Why I Don't Like Bike Lanes

There are many reasons I don't like bike lanes, but this is the most important one, because they could kill you.

Well actually the drivers who park there would be the ones to actually kill you but using bike lanes can cause you a great deal of harm.

My wife and I were on the second ride on our new tandem when a van driver opened his door right into what would have been our path had we been in the bike lane.  If we had been using the bike lane, the door would have opened right in front of my handlebars.  If my bars would have missed the door the second set of handlebars would have almost certainly been clipped by the door.  In either case our speed combined with the extra length of the tandem would have been a very effective catapult and my wife and I would have almost certainly been thrown into the path of the car behind us.

1 comment:

Rob said...

I agree, with my second main concern being that drivers turning right must cross the bike lane. This makes for a deadly combination of cyclists lulled into the false security of a designated lane and motorists who may not even be aware of the lane. At the point of intersection, neither may be contemplating the presence of the other.