Comment 94718

By Kevin Love (anonymous) | Posted November 13, 2013 at 14:51:25

I will now point out that the narrow edge strip on Plains Road in Burlington is NOT a bike lane. Hints include the lack of bike lane signs or pavement markings.

Of course, from a traffic design engineering standpoint, it is not wide enough to be safely used as a bike lane, as other commentators here have pointed out. Also, it arbitrarily vanishes in spots.

When using Plains Road, I recommend that one not attempt to use this as a bike lane, as it is unsafe to do so. Instead, one should exercise lane control and ride in the primary cycling position in the centre of the right general purpose lane. Which, of course, 99% of the population is unwilling to do, for obvious safety reasons.

Although legal in Burlington, riding on a sidewalk is generally not a good idea.

Bottom line: 99% of people cycling are effectively banned from using Plains Road in Burlington.

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