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glockman
11:18 AM on 02/04/2010
I've wondered why we don't have more commuter bike lanes in this country.
12:39 PM on 02/04/2010
my guess is that they would not be very popular due to unsuitable biking weather in many states for sizable portions of the year. ?

Bikes are probably a great option for inner city residents, but they are not practical for the suburban folk that work in the city, especially during the summer and good portions of spring and fall time. (i'm in Houston)

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megacephalus
08:49 AM on 02/05/2010
because the operators of most public transportation systems in the USA, such as they are, have been historically VERY uncooperative in allowing or providing for the taking of a commuter's bike on their trains, trams, subways, etc.
Typical US 'head-in-the-sand' attitude! QED
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orbro
graphic designer / production artist
10:25 AM on 02/04/2010
I thought this would cover scenic urban bike paths (plenty of rural ones). Hands down, one of the best is also the most used in the U.S.: The Hudson River Path -- which is away from cars also.
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WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
12:09 PM on 02/04/2010
That is a nice ride I will admit, great view but it's not really a bike lane since it's not really part of the West Side Highway.
10:01 AM on 02/04/2010
Some really good logical solutions to biking. Especially Munich. "Eventually" maybe some will be implemented here, but not in my lifetime and surely not in Michigan. We don't even have needed mass transit.
09:39 AM on 02/04/2010
No Amsterdam bike lanes? If we wanna learn from any city, that's the place to learn from. More bikes than cars and most of the inner city doesn't even allow cars. Bikes are the way to go!
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thegirlnextdoor
12:41 PM on 02/04/2010
Hey, I just said the same thing. Best bike lanes ever in Holland!
09:32 AM on 02/04/2010
Some cities in the US should take a serious look at those bike lanes in Copenhagen and Munich and learn from them. Some of our so-called bike lanes are more like fatality lanes.. painted on lines that suddenly vanish, or in which cars are allowed to park.. some of our bike lanes are dangerous and a waste of money.
11:17 AM on 02/04/2010
After lots of protests, Lincoln, NE finally put in some bike lanes downtown. I'm pretty sure they were out of spite, though-- one is between two lanes of one way traffic and the other rights up the left hand side of a one way. In both cases, it's very hard not to cross over the bike lane. I feel like an idiot when I bike on them and just stick to the non-bike laned streets because I feel safer on them. Driving on the streets with bike lanes is also nerve wracking because sometimes you need to change lanes and, hey, there's a bike lane in the middle of the road!
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Norge
Rolf K. Artist, worker of metal, writer of poems
09:07 AM on 02/04/2010
That is known as biker friendly communities.
09:04 AM on 02/04/2010
Too often bike lanes are situated between regular traffic and car parking along the sidewalk. Bikers get hit when someone opens a car door without looking. I don't feel safe on a bike usually unless I'm riding on a bike lane that I don't share with cars.
08:44 AM on 02/04/2010
As a US citizen who moved to The Netherlands over a year ago, I am still amazed daily on how well designed the bike lanes are here. Bike lanes are not only found on the side of every single road, but many times there are bike paths that go to places cars cannot.
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thegirlnextdoor
12:41 PM on 02/04/2010
The bike lanes in Holland are wonderful!
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Kaviraj
01:21 PM on 02/06/2010
They are simply the very best. Amsterdam has 700.000 inhabitants and a million bikes. Separate traffic lights and the bike lane goes green before the other traffic - no people get crushed by trucks that turn right that way.