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Old 12-16-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Seems like quite an interesting character. Hope the City of Chicago figures out where to get the dough for the projects.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Seems like quite an interesting character. Hope the City of Chicago figures out where to get the dough for the projects.
One of our sons lives in Chicago now and tell me that some neighborhoods buy the paint to stripe bike lanes and the city put's it down in that neighborhood.

From recent visit to our son I can tell you bicycle travel is BIG in Chicago!!!!
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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Chicago has done a lot to facilitate bicycles, such as the Millennium Park bicycle station. There are some plans to reuse an abandoned railroad as a bike trail, but they have stalled. Bike lanes on the street are dangerous because they put riders in the path of car doors which, believe it or not, are the #1 cause of bicycle accidents.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:37 AM
 
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Chicago has done a lot to facilitate bicycles, such as the Millennium Park bicycle station. There are some plans to reuse an abandoned railroad as a bike trail, but they have stalled. Bike lanes on the street are dangerous because they put riders in the path of car doors which, believe it or not, are the #1 cause of bicycle accidents.

The old "Rail's-to-Trails" movement is dying off since there is (always has been really) a need to re-rail all those rail routes.

Bike lanes don't kill cyclist dumb a$$ drivers do if the cyclist is in the lane!!
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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The old "Rail's-to-Trails" movement is dying off since there is (always has been really) a need to re-rail all those rail routes.

Bike lanes don't kill cyclist dumb a$$ drivers do if the cyclist is in the lane!!
Pvande makes a good point (and is not a dumb a$$) - the way we do bike lanes (when we do them) in this country is dangerous. The way we do it now, the bikers protect the parked cars. This is more dangerous on both sides, from the moving cars on the left and opening doors on the right. The way it ought to be done is have the bikes all the way to the curb, have a row of parked cars to protect them from traffic.

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Old 12-19-2011, 04:32 PM
 
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Pvande makes a good point (and is not a dumb a$$) - the way we do bike lanes (when we do them) in this country is dangerous. The way we do it now, the bikers protect the parked cars. This is more dangerous on both sides, from the moving cars on the left and opening doors on the right. The way it ought to be done is have the bikes all the way to the curb, have a row of parked cars to protect them from traffic.
Whoa here! I did not call anyone a dumb a$$ it was a general term to describe dumb a$$ drivers!!

That said, You are correct that a "buffer zone" of parked cars ,or a concrete grass median, if the best possible way to separate cars and cyclist. This is being done all over Europe and maybe a few cities here in the U. S.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Whoa here! I did not call anyone a dumb a$$ it was a general term to describe dumb a$$ drivers!!

That said, You are correct that a "buffer zone" of parked cars ,or a concrete grass median, if the best possible way to separate cars and cyclist. This is being done all over Europe and maybe a few cities here in the U. S.
My bad ! Some additional punctuation would have made that more clear.

We here in Baltimore are finally getting a protected lane on the street. I am brimming with excitement as this is a route I ride several times a week
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