Thanks to Florida HB 971, we now have a “Mandatory Use” , when present, bike lane (BL) statute becoming active Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Although the wording has officially changed, de facto BL use (F.S. 316.2065 (5)(a) is already on the books and such wording amounts to nothing more than doublespeak!
While some BL’s may be better designed than others, and may serve a destination, the majority are ill conceived, implemented, and lack the eloquence and allure of the vehicular traffic lane, IMO.
The trapped feeling and frustration visible on this young girl’s face below, basically sums my experience with BL’s. Being the commuter/transport/utility cyclist I am, and knowing that I have a rightful place on a public utility reminds of this video each and every time I use a BL.
Preferential and exclusive use lane designations belong on limited access roads, places where I would not want to operate my vehicle in the first place.
I am traffic. The same roads that lead motorists to their destinations serve me and my needs much more effectively than any BL possibly could.