Saturday, June 13, 2009
Which one these is a real bike lane?
The answer? Neither and both.
The image on the top is precisely the kind of sub-standard 3' bike lane with an 11' travel lane that Austin Texas has installed when there wasn't sufficient road-width to do it right (minus the fog line, but featuring a gutter-pan seam in its place), and they are the kind Dallas will probably install at the insistence of amateur engineers and landscape architect wannabes.
As has been demonstrated here, you will be required by law to ride in it (you might beat the rap with your reasons for not riding in it, but you won't beat the ride to the courthouse). And if you decide to stay out of it, and don't get a ticket, you will get horn honks and yells from passing motorists to "stay in the bike lane".
When a truck buzzes you twelve inches from your left side in that bike lane, you do realize that the "Safe Passing" pacifier law won't apply, don't you? Why? Because it doesn't apply when both vehicles are in separate lanes, only in a shared lane.
The image on the bottom is identical (in thought process) to the illegal sharrows that BFOC is responsible for in the Bishop Arts district as a guerrilla action, because golly, "it's just bikes".
Let's just have some traffic marking fun, OK? Fun for everyone, eight to eighty. In the street. I mean, it's just bikes... what could happen?