Protected Bike Lanes Win TreeHugger Stamp of Approval

This classic StreetFilm by Clarence Eckerson, Jr., "The Case for Separated Bike Lanes" (original release date: February 17, 2007), is enjoying a renaissance this week. First, a post on TaketheTooker featured the film and sparked a discussion about the merits of bike lanes compared to riding in traffic. Then TreeHugger picked up the thread and posted a survey, asking whether protected lanes would encourage cycling. 

As of this writing, protected lanes enjoy a comfortable 73 percent approval rating, though the polls are still open.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    You should read some of the posts on TreeHugger blog. Some readers correctly point out some of the big problems with some separated bike lane design. I like and support the idea but have to agree that some designs simply make the situation more dangerous.

    That said I think that some kind of hybrid bicycle-lane / cycle-track design that has the benefits of both designs can work. I feel that the 9th Avenue bike lane discussed in depth on this blog is a BIG step in that dirrection.

    (I also like how they had an add for K&N Car Air Kilters, advertising more power! Then again I have one in my car so who am I to talk.)


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Reader Niles Ray sends in this bird’s-eye view of bike lane construction on Eighth Avenue at 37th Street. The extension of protected bike lanes on Eighth and Ninth Avenues was proposed by DOT last year, and won subsequent community board approval. The lanes and pedestrian islands will provide safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians north […]

DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling

Here’s a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape. As I reported for People for Bikes last year, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, New York and Portland have all either installed or plan to install curb-protected […]