They’re a bicyclist’s dream: Protected bike lanes.
USA Today reports protected bike lanes are popping up all over the country. These are bike lanes that are separated from traffic by curbs, trees or parked cars. The “green lanes” are taking off in New York City, Chicago and Portland. Businesses along stretches with protected bike lanes report increased business. There are also fewer accidents.
Rochester doesn’t have protected bike lanes, though it’s making a big push to add traditional bike lanes. This area also has a great trail system for bicyclists.
Albany officials explain why protected bike lanes are tough to the Times Union:
Melnick said protected lanes are challenging to create, especially in older, more-compact cities like Albany. “Our roads are so narrow and the need for parking so great that it becomes a challenge,” he said. “It is something that we are interested in. It could be sometime in the future.”
Lorenz Worden, president of the Albany Bicycle Coalition, said he welcomed the city’s efforts to make using a bicycle on city streets easier and safer. “It would be hard to add protected lanes. People are not going to give up (on-street) parking,” he said.
For now, get used to “road diets” in the city. Reduced lanes, bicycle lanes and crosswalks.
Links of the Day:
– A domestic violence victim has sued Rochester over her eviction. At issue is the nuisance points law against landlords.
– Kodak’s bankruptcy has cost the company $125 million fees. The lawyers are getting rich.
– Erie County will shell out $103 million over the next 10 years for the Bills stadium.
– A guy who left Syracuse came back and likes what he sees.
– It’s not every day you read about fecal transplants in the local paper.
– Downtown Rochester needs more toilet paper. I agree.