Attention, Cyclists: It’s Fine for Non-Bikers to Use the Bike Lane

Attention, Cyclists: It’s Fine for Non-Bikers to Use the Bike Lane


People on bikes have been fighting for space in American cities for decades and it’s been slow going At one point in New York bikes were literally banned from 5th Avenue as a Display of power and a gesture of exuberance Cyclists and hundreds of cities started critical mass rides to take back Street space from cars among its fans LeBron James It wasn’t until the past two decades that the American city really started carving out space for bicycles And now that we’ve finally gotten some dedicated Street space for ourselves Some bikers want to keep it just for us But the same things that drove us to bike getting places faster getting a little exercise Getting out of the car have lately started to persuade potentially unwelcome visitors to try out the bike lane What’s more the creation of these new car free zones has learned in all? Kinds of street users who had previously been stuck on the sidewalk vendors wheeling heavy carts construction workers with supplies senior citizens with groceries bike lanes In other words seem to have induced demand for more multi-use Street space bikers aren’t happy about it But this isn’t going away and cyclists shouldn’t lose their minds over it. It’s a reminder of two things first 35% of car trips or 2 miles or less and given the opportunity people will happily use other modes Silicon Valley is on to it VCS have valued shared scooter company bird and more than a billion dollars an uber and lyft have both purchased bike sharing company’s Second most public space in American cities belongs to cars in New York at least many sidewalks used to be wider They were cut down to create more lanes for car traffic We’re just starting to take that space back now and bikes have been at the vanguard of proclaiming it It’s no surprise other street users want a piece the Dutch, of course have figured this out they have streets with no curbs voters on living streets for now bikes are the thin end of a wedge opening up space for Anyone who’s moving too fast for the sidewalk? There’s an old biking slogan that applies share the road