Bet you didn’t know that bike lane was a verb right?
Well, if you are new to biking, or haven’t yet discovered how great biking is, you might not realize that bike lanes aren’t always your friend. They can put you in some precarious positions. Often you’re safer riding in traffic with the cars, especially if you can keep up with them.
While I’m not sure how realistic it is to convince people who are not experienced riders that they should get out in traffic, especially when there’s a bike lane provided, here’s a site that was submitted by a reader showing just that. It’s got some very good, clear animations.
Most of the situations dealt with in these animations are at intersections. In those, I offer an alternative… when you’re not comfortable tangling with traffic at an intersection, become a pedestrian rather than a road vehicle.
It’s still a good idea to watch these animations because they will help you recognize when your safety is being compromised. There’s a couple new ones in that link that hadn’t occurred to me before watching.
These animations are in response to a law in Orlando that enforces bike lane usage when they are available. Other jurisdictions have similar laws as well. After watching the animations, what do you think about those laws? Does anyone know if there are laws like that anywhere in Canada?