Comment 39946

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted April 18, 2010 at 08:42:43

Meredith writes of the "psychological importance" of bike lanes, addressing the messages they send to cyclists and drivers.

One of the messages I as a bicycle commuter received from the bike lanes that went in on Sterling a few years ago quite surprised me: the message was "you are traffic." Before the bike lanes went down, I blithely ran stop signs on Sterling. Why? I guess because I saw myself as contending with traffic, not being part of it.

The bike lanes made me feel part of the official traffic and I felt compelled to start acting that way. And yes, I am well aware that I am in a minority - but a slowly growing minority, I allow myself to optimistically believe.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-04-18 07:43:09

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