Sunday, September 25, 2011
"I could just squeeze you to death!"
"PM, why do you hate bike lanes?"
Here's one reason. The reality of bicycle lane installations (because it's always a political decision and never an engineering solution) is that they almost always involve placing them within door zones in urban environments.
It is of no small irony that the so-called "safe passing" laws that are being pushed past state legislatures without much thought, make it legal (by specifically omitting cyclists from the "safe passing" requirement) for a cyclist to pass a vehicle within 3'... well inside the door zones of motor vehicles.
By the way, the AASHTO recommendation for Shared Lane Markings ("sharrows", or SLMs) places them within the door zone of parked motor vehicles, and states that the SLM indicates the recommended lateral placement of the bicyclist... directly in the door zone of anything other than a FIAT 500 or Mini Cooper.