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    Kanki Knight: Right to ride

    reads the headline of a article published at Adelaide Now, a News Corporation website.

    The opening few sentences of the article read ...

    Lobby for bike lanes and you're lobbying to be marginalised and pushed off the road, writes Gordon Kanki Knight.

    As a dedicated commuter cyclist, I feel like a minority of one when it comes to discussing our city planners' efforts to make Adelaide bicycle friendly.

    In particular, I feel badgered to go along with the call for more bike lanes, but I refuse to give in to the hi-viz-jacket-wearing, pump-wielding mob.

    Simply put, I hate bike lanes.

    Not for the reasons that snarling, ham-thick-armed men in four-wheel drives hate bike lanes (and bikes), but because bike lanes are bad for cyclists.

    Take the bog-standard roadside bike lane: a strip of white painted a few feet from the gutter. As if laid down by a bike hater, it shunts cyclists off to the side of the road to deal with the constantly stopping buses, pedestrians who think bike lanes are for standing in, illegally parked cars, roadside debris and drain grates.

    Cyclists in a bike lane can't ensure they stay visible to traffic, nor can they prevent cars overtaking or turning left at an unsafe time.
    and the remainder can be found in the article at Adelaide Now.

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    Most of what he writes is true--especially the part about the dangers of promoting MUTS as replacement "bicycle roads"--but in the real world where cars are still the majority and most cyclists can't accelerate/ride fast enough to not seriously impede city traffic, I'll take a bike lane over a kamikaze fight with a car for one narrow lane (as is often the case here in Lyon) any time. Ideal? No, but better than having motorists running you off the road, all the while thinking that you were in "their space."
    C'est dommage que je sois un ignorant, car je vous citerais une foule de choses ; mais je ne sais rien.


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