Re: K Street: Where's the Bike Lane?
- --- In BikeWashingtonDC@yahoogroups.com, "nm_taylor"
> That's interesting. I have a couple of questions:the
> 1. Do cyclists have to use the bike lane or are they allowed on
> road if they want to ride there? [And approximately what speedwould
> the road traffic be going?] Not that this applies to the K StIn Europe, cyclists are expected to use bike lanes when available.
> situation, but I'm curious.
Special traffic signals allow cyclists to make left turns. The max
speed limit in European cities is 50K per hour but 40 is more usual.
> 2. Is there a bike lane on either side of the road? [The one inthe
> photo looks too narrow for 2-way traffic. I imagine if such athing
> were put on K St, there would be a lot of 'wrong way' bikers, evenif
> there were bike lanes on both sides of the road.]Usually if a road is two ways in Europe, you will have cycle paths
on each side of the road with one going in one direction and another
in the other direction. Bike lane traffic is supposed to immitate
vehicular traffic in the roads. The segregated nature of the system
in Europe keeps everyone safer and less stressed.