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Old 02-23-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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As I recall there are some safety concerns with separated bike lanes. It is related to the driver awareness issue--drivers aren't necessarily going to be looking for highspeed vehicles anywhere but the road. This isn't so much a problem for long uninterrupted stretches, but it can be an issue if there are a lot of intersections, driveways, and so on cutting through the bike lane.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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I've also noticed there seem to be less ignorant cyclists, as well. I see far less riders blowing through stop signs than I used to.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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As I recall there are some safety concerns with separated bike lanes. It is related to the driver awareness issue--drivers aren't necessarily going to be looking for highspeed vehicles anywhere but the road. This isn't so much a problem for long uninterrupted stretches, but it can be an issue if there are a lot of intersections, driveways, and so on cutting through the bike lane.
It's rare that any idea doesn't have any downsides. But between separated bike lanes or bike lanes painted on the road side or campaigns to remind drivers to "share the road". I think separated bike lanes is the better choice. Bicyclist and drivers will both like them.

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Old 02-23-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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I've also noticed there seem to be less ignorant cyclists, as well. I see far less riders blowing through stop signs than I used to.
I have to admit guilt of blowing through stop signs on my bike too. It's just that from the vantage point of the bike, I can easily see if an intersection is safe to pass through. But I admit I've seen some cyclist make same questionable calls.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:26 PM
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Pittsburgh is getting better as far as cycling around town. I hate cycling in the suburbs with all the crazy women driving SUV's and huge pickup trucks. The burbs are the pits for cycling.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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I have to admit guilt of blowing through stop signs on my bike too. It's just that from the vantage point of the bike, I can easily see if an intersection is safe to pass through. But I admit I've seen some cyclist make same questionable calls.
In neighborhoods without much traffic, stop signs were usually installed to slow down cars after complaints about people speeding through the neighborhood.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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The burbs are the pits for cycling.
...and living too! (Ducks flying shoes!)
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It doesn't register with me because the survey is flawed by its own admission:

It knowingly ignored cities that would have likely changed the entire dynamics of that list. It ignored not just California cities, but other state's towns that qualified, like Fort Collins Colorado, which is well-known for it's bike friendly roads.

While moving towards a bike friendly community (especially in light of the gas price increases we are about to see) is a great thing, I don't put much stock in the survey other than that they acknowledge Pittsburgh's efforts. Which is always a plus.
Interesting! How ridiculous that they'd call it "Top 50" and then acknowledge that they deliberately left out some of the best. Anything to sell magazines, I guess.
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