Re: [CG] Dangerous "protected" bikelane in Chicago
- Indeed. This video was posted on the SDCBC list a few days ago, and I responded as follows there.At 1:19 it shows the "protected" bike lane going down a hill and crossing a street at the bottom of the hill. The first cyclist is too far down to know if she looked, bu the second cyclist gives only a cursory glance while already in the intersection at 1:24, perhaps because he realizes he is clearing it only a second before a white SUV crosses his path. It's shown again briefly at 1:53 - not the cyclist in the yellow jacket, and his lack of attention. Another close call here is shown at 2:55 when a cyclist in a red jacket is still crossing the intersection as an oncoming car is turned left across the "protected" bike lane just behind him. Imagine if the motorist turned one second earlier. Yet another is shown at 3:31, this time a right hook averted by literally about a second. This design puts a much greater demand on both the cyclist and the crossing motorists than regular intersections do, and so is subject to more error and crashes. They should have used red instead of green paint treatment to camouflage the blood that will surely be spilled here.
The narrator admits they paid extra attention to the crossing points - with paint and signs and such - but the reason all that is even needed is because all these crossing are unconventional - not the way traffic normally flows.At 1:43 a presumably typical and very cute cyclist say she goes "out of her way" to ride in the protected lane because it makes her feel safer (well, of course, the typical cyclist is unaware of the most likely hazards as is indicated by the obliviousness expressed by the cyclists as they approach and cross that one intersection). The next person to talk is a guy in a tie who says "what's fascinating" is that mode share of that bike lane went up from 22% to 49% within two weeks. This confirms Forester's hypothesis that much if not all of the "increase" in cycling that is measured by such projects stems from cyclists moving from other routes to the newly treated route, and not from motorists leaving their cars in the garage to take up cycling.This is obviously the current fad in bike facilities right now, and I sincerely hope we keep San Diego inoculated from this disease while other cities experiment and suffer the cyclist injuries and deaths.----At least two people (who happen to be separation advocates) somehow parsed that last sentence so that "sincerely hope" modified the final clause. Of course that's not what I intended, but this is:This is obviously the current fad in bike facilities right now. While other cities experiment and suffer the cyclist injuries and deaths, I sincerely hope we keep San Diego inoculated from this diseaseSergeOn Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 7:13 AM, Peter <jprosenfeld@...> wrote:
Check out the video - the bikelane is between parked cars and the curb, hiding the bicyclist from the view of drivers. You can actually see in the film several sports where the bicyclist pops out from behind parked cars just as a car is turning right through the intersection! You can actually watch several cases where if the timing was a little differnce, a right hook would occur. Who could possibly think this is a good design?
You can watch the first conflict at about 00:46 into the video. Another nice one at 01:19. In this one, the bicyclists are going downhill right before they enter the intersection, so they pop out even faster as cars are turning throuhg the intersection. Just amazing.
On the other hand they did put in some deck treatment on a steel grid bridge.
- DeathsTotalPedal cyclists
Cyclists are getting safer, slowly.
There does seem to be a big car fatalities trend down when the recession hit.Less driving? Less hurry?
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