Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why do bicyclists have their own lane

I live in an area where there are a LOT of bicyclists (I occasionally even indulge in the sport myself).  But I have to wonder why we have built so many bicycle lanes when the majority of the cyclists seem to avoid using them whenever possible.    IF they do use them, they seem to usually choose to ride right on the edge of the line (which means as a driver I still have to pass them by moving over into the on-coming traffic lane to avoid them).  If they have these special lanes, why do they choose to ride in the road where the cars drive?   If they aren’t going to use the lanes properly and safely, then why as taxpayers are we building and maintaining these lanes – especially during our current economic crisis?  Perhaps that money would be better spent maintaining the portion of the roads that the cars drive on!  It’s just a thought. 

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