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LA Times article “Bikes and cars: Can we share the road?”

Posted by Phil G-E on November 1, 2009

Bikes and cars: Can we share the road? By Christie Aschwanden

Photo by Ken Kwok, LA Times

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One Response to “LA Times article “Bikes and cars: Can we share the road?””

  1. Paul Taylor said

    This is a really good article Phil. Thanks for posting it. It’s kinda long, so many folks won’t read the whole thing. But there are two paragraphs about bike lanes that are near and dear to my heart. Here they are:

    “Studies support Forester’s contention that bike lanes may make cycling more hazardous. In a study released earlier this fall, Ciaran Meyers from the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies in the U.K. found that motorists gave bicycles significantly more room when passing them on a road without a bike lane than they did when the cyclist was riding in a dedicated bike lane.

    Bike lanes also tend to abut parking spaces, which can turn the bike lane into a door zone where an opening car door can intrude without warning into a cyclist’s path, Forester says. Such “dooring” incidents have killed cyclists in cities across the U.S.”

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