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Why bike lanes are a bad idea

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)

This needs to be read by every cyclist:


-A bike lane is a lane reserved for cyclists, and it's usually on the rightedge of the roadway. Bike lanes are separated from the rest of traffic by a solid or striped line.

If you ride regularly, you probably have somebody in your life who's just itching to tell you that the city ought to put a bike lane on every major street. "It will be safer," these folk proclaim. Are they right?

No. Bike lanes only do two things: they make life worse for cyclists, and they allow politicians and uninformed advocates to feel that they've "done something for cycling."

This page will outline some of the problems that bike lanes create. More




Mayor of TO walls-out cyclists

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Rob Ford cuts $60 vehicle tax for motorists and makes up for it by taxing transit riders $60.

 

Finding money left over (as there are more transit riders) he uses the excess to pay for concrete to wall-out cyclists from the roads.

 

This is Rob Ford math. Does it work for you? BTW most transit riders are low income. They pay for the tax cuts.

 

He wants people underground and cyclists behind walls. Rob Ford loves cars and hates people.


 


The Illusion of Safety

Posted by trikebum on June 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM Comments comments (0)

The Illusion of Safety

Critics argue that the safety claims made for bicycle lanes are unfounded. “There’s no scientificevidence that’s ever been found anywhere that bike lanes make cycling safe,” says John Forester, a cycling transportation engineer from LemonGrove, California. “It doesn’t do anything for the turning and crossing movements, which all have to continue.”

Forester and his followers—they call themselves“Foresterites”—advocate what they term “vehicular cycling.” In vehicular cycling, a cyclist operates a bicycle as if it were a car. Forester has created courses that teach cyclists how to break away from what they had been taught as youngsters. Instead of staying glued to the gutter at the right edge of the roadway, the vehicular method calls for cyclists to enter the flow of traffic when appropriate.

If Myslin had subscribed to this school of bicycling, so the argument goes, he would have entered the stream of traffic and stayed behind the truck as any car would have, instead of pulling along its right side. He would have followed the truck and crossed the intersection after its sweeping right turn, avoiding that vicious but all too common right hook.

   More at: http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/content/cyclists-find-no-safety-numbers


trikebum takes toronto

Posted by trikebum on March 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM Comments comments (0)

So I'm going down Danforth Ave............this is like 2 lanes going one way with cars parked in the curb lane, leaving a good 1/2 a lane to ride in w/o worrying about the dor zone.( I'll post a pic later)

So I'm sitting in that 1/2 lane waiting for the light to change and just as it turns green, a cyclist brushes by me on my right yelling "are you nuts?" He then proceeds to ride in the door zone and weave in and out among the parked cars hugging th curb. THen he gets up on the s/w for 1/2 a block, then back to the gutter. BTW, I"m easil;y keeping up with him andn I watch him turn right on Main St., cross the road and onto the s/w, going down main against traffic! Is he nuts???

Electric assist trike

Posted by trikebum on December 22, 2008 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


This is a 2003 Lightfoot Cycles Courier, my personal transportation. This fall I installed a Heinzman Electric hub motor kit. It's a Mountain drive 500W motor w/36v NiCad battery pak.
The beauty of the NiCad battery pak is it only takes 2 hrs tops to charge it.
This is a heavy bike to begin with. I would guess with tools, cargo box, fenders and fairing, It probably weighs about 80#. My average speed doing errands in town is about 8.5 mph.
With the electric assist my average increases to 10.5mph or there-a-bouts. On the level I can maintain speeds up tp 25 kph which makes it very effective for traffic cycling. But it's a lot easier on me, and I don't think that is a good thing.
. I find that used judiciously, the motor has a range of about 20 miles, and when it runs out of juice, it's a lot harder to pedal than without. Consider that the weight of motor and battery is another 11 kg/22 lbs and the electric motor hub IMO does not freewheel as well as a regular bike wheel.  So suffice it to say, it's only good for in town, but in town it's damn good.