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Biking in Oakville

RE: Hume: Cycling in Toronto is a joke - thestar.com

In Oakville, they added a bike lane on the stretch where I have to go to work (Kerr St)...but it stops just as the pavement narrows to go under the highway bridge. I expect it is no coincidence that there was a wreath placed near this bridge for most of the spring. Some bike lane! They have been doing construction on this bridge for the past two years...you think they would have solved this problem by now?

The bikes in Berlin, may I add, are given much respect. They have right of way on the sidewalks, and the lines are clearly marked. (There are no curbs for the lanes, however.) Quite a bike culture there.


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Aug. 1st, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
There's a pretty strong contingent of people, largely informed by the data presented in Forester's "The Art Of Cycling", who maintain that while right-of-way on sidewalks is nice and enjoyable, it's significantly more dangerous than flat-out in-traffic riding because cars have less of a tendency to see and yield to cyclists on on-street paths than to cyclists directly in front of them. Counterintuitive and there have been studies that have challenged this, but there are a *lot* of studies, including strict statistical analyses of NTSB databases, that tend to support it.
Which of course doesn't make the situation of an on-street path suddenly vanishing straight into a very narrow bit of roadway any more palatable: that's probably the worst situation of all.
Aug. 1st, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
With a curb and a drastic curve with no visibility. Argh! lol
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