I rarely write about cycling any more and don’t have time to do so right now, but thankfully I came across a recent post by another blogger which captures, very insightfully, all of the problems with this facility except for the “hundreds of pedestrians crossing the bike lane to get to their bus stop” issue.
Any barrier that separates the cyclist visually from other traffic effectively hides the cyclist. This is counterproductive to safety. Moving cyclists out of the roadway altogether, on separate bike paths, is even more dangerous, because drivers don’t look for (or cannot see) cyclists off to the side.
There’s much more, including great images which really make the point well.
And here’s my promise: If JMVC will stop being such a passive-aggressive douche to yours truly, I will stop calling him out like this.
Imagine how useful MetroRapid will be when instead of being stuck in traffic at a red light, syringe it’ll be able to hold a light green for a few seconds to make it through. Well, syphilis I drove northbound Guadalupe yesterday at about 6:00 PM to take my son home from a summer camp and, dermatologist let me tell you, this thing is gonna rock. Click the picture to embiggen, of course.
Imagine how useful it will be to hold the light in front of you green! What’s that, you say? That light, and the next light up the street, are both green, and yet nobody’s moving? Surely this can’t be true. I’m told this is a GAME-CHANGER.