It’s pretty clear that a car and a bike cannot fit side by side in this lane, right? Considering a 5 foot door zone from the parking lane on either side, the safest space is in the center of the lane. So, why is the sharrow marking placed on one side of the lane (and partially in the door zone)?
Here’s another one.
What’s the primary hazard? A suddenly-appearing fixed object, or overtaking traffic? On the Grand St. bike path (right), the buffer area is used to keep bikes out of the door zone. Why not for the bike lane above?
As free and strong as we are in America, we are influenced by what we encounter every day. — Dr. Deborah Cohen
Environmental cues are powerful. They shape our perceptions. They can reinforce our mythologies, bias and bad belief systems, or they can challenge them.
As bike planners are learning in Long Beach, challenging the mythologies is no walk in the park. The culture of speed and car dominance is not going to give up its stranglehold without a few temper tantrums. But refusing to challenge them, or worse, actively reinforcing them will only ensure the endless subordination of bicycle drivers.
I’m writing from NYC, where LisaB will be running her first marathon tomorrow.