(Photo from McBrooklyn)
Turns out that New York City transportation advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has solid-colored bike lanes on their list of recommended measures to improve bike lane safety..and it seems to be working.
Here’s an excerpt from McBrooklyn:
“While a car did drive into the bike lane, it quickly — “Oops!” — swerved back out again.”
And here’s a :30 second video on the green bike lane from Clarence Eckerson:
Why not give this a try in Portland?
The costs would be minimal and our little segments of blue bike lanes already work this way — they send a clear message that a cyclist may at any moment be using that part of the road.
Can you imagine the infamous “hotel zone” bike lane on SW Broadway suddenly going green?
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com