OK, this was in the yesterday’s edition of the New York Times online: “Are New York’s Bike Lanes Working?” I’m sure a number of you have seen it already. I thought it was a so-so conversation, to be honest, but a few interesting points were made.
My question is this: would the city of Adrian benefit from designated bike lanes? Why or why not? Do we need them? Would they encourage more people to ride? Could they help downtown business? Is this where cyclists in this community should invest their efforts? If not, then what should we work toward?
I’ve said a number of times that I think Adrian is an immensely bikeable city. But, in some respects, one of the very things that makes it so bikeable in my opinion — viz., a fairly large number of wide streets — is also what makes the city so ripe for bike lanes. Virtually nothing would be required aside from laying down the white lines and other markers. No re-routing traffic; no narrowing of streets; no loss of lanes, etc.