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  •  However, better to just get rid of the parking .. (3+ / 0-)

    ... and have a wider lane where the cars have room to pass the bikes within the lane. And of course, with no parking, there will be fewer cars.

    Oops, wait, those're not outside words. Those are inside words. A transport cyclist is not supposed to say them, only think them. and Energize America

    by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 12:26:06 AM PST

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    •  Actually, I like the idea of a 'buffer', though.. (2+ / 0-)
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      the parked cars between the travel lanes and the bike lanes provide sort of a 'buffer zone'...and in these sorts of arrangements, the cyclist won't have to worry about that SUV coming up on them at 35 or 40 mph and passing within 18 inches (or less...) of their left elbow; and also this leaves the sidewalk for pedestrians, outdoor cafe tables, street vendors, etc...of course, right now something like this is only plausible in urban cores; but we've got to start somewhere, eh?

      And of course, with no parking, there will be fewer cars.

      Oh, I'm all for that.  And fewer cars will be the reality soon enough, no matter how much collective wishful thinking the masses of current exurban and suburban commuters and others can gather...there will be no hydrogen / electrical / ethanol / prayer, etc...'cure' that will allow our current living arrangements in the US to continue for much longer.  

      A lot of people of all political stripes are going to be in for quite a rude awakening within the next 10 years or so, when this becomes apparent.  And they'll get angry (and quite possibly very violent, too...); but those of us trying to sound the 'alarms' right now, and warn them of what will soon happen...well, we're dismissed as 'quacks', or 'doomsdayers', or even 'urban elitists'...

      Sometimes, I think it'd probably be easier to not have this foresight, eh?

      •  That SUV coming up behind is ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... where I wish I had Effective Cycle training ... but the key danger areas are intersections, and if going through the intersection, it is sometimes necessary to take the lane to avoid getting caught in a right hook.

        And big SUV's running 45mph are not a permanent problem ... in another decade, any SUV's left on the main roads will be going well under the speed limit, to conserve gas. and Energize America

        by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 01:43:01 AM PST

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