Monday, May 19, 2014

Someone tell John Rosenbarger that "Modern bike lanes call for modern reference guides."

At the FAN Fair earlier this year, New Albany public works projects supervisor John Rosenbarger crowed unctuously about his shining record of installing bike lanes.

Typically, he did not add that most of them begin and end nowhere, rendering them largely meaningless; he also failed to mention that the most logical place for meaningful bike lanes would be as part of his pet Main Street Deforestation Project -- where none are included. It is to be surmised that Rosenbarger assumed the folks in attendance wouldn't know the difference. Unfortunately, I was there, and in fact, "fail" is the single best word to use in this instance.

The following infographic provides photos. These clearly illustrate that we've done next to nothing when it comes to bike lanes, apart from drawing lines, and failing even then (see: striped buffer). Photo credit is the story link.

14 WAYS TO MAKE BIKE LANES BETTER (THE INFOGRAPHIC), by Michael Andersen (People for Bikes)

Modern bike lanes call for modern reference guides.

With so many different methods being used to physically separate bike and auto traffic, the tradeoffs can seem countless. That's where this infographic comes in. One part inspiration and two parts catalog, it's intended for anyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on the most popular tricks being used by cities around the world to improve bike lanes.

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