Friday, December 10, 2010

Letter to American Bicyclists

Tim Nichols (alias Nik the Stick) found this article by Bruce in the American Bicyclist Magazine.  So I thought I would share.
Ten years ago I would have agreed with Mr. Boyce that bike lanes and multiuse paths are worse than worthless.    Dedicated facilities were unmaintained paths to nowhere.   Times have changed. We now have more political capital and planners understand the importance of connectivity.  Although an experienced cyclist may in fact be less safe than on the roadway, that is not the perception of novice cyclists.  The ideal is still for cyclists to be accepted by both cyclists and motorists as ordinary traffic on every roadway. Till then these dedicate facilities are useful, especially for growing our ranks. 
Bruce Day, M.D.; Founding Member and Director
Bike Walk Tennessee

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