Bike News Roundup: Bike lane mixing zones

It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup! First up, here is Chicago’s strategy for dealing with intersections and right-turning cars on their new protected bike lanes: Mixing zones. Does this bike lane count as an all-ages-and-abilities facility? (video by Steven Vance of StreetsBlog Chicago)

Short ride down Desplaines Street from Steven Vance on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News:

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National & Global News:

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6 Responses to Bike News Roundup: Bike lane mixing zones

  1. A says:

    Looks like a high clusterf potential but still less scary than the roll of the dice which is 2nd ave Seattle.

    • Leif Espelund says:

      I think these mixing lanes are a much better idea. They show motorists what to do, which is the biggest problem. I run into this constantly on roads such as Dexter, a car goes past me, wants to turn right, but is scared to merge into the bike lane and make the move. So they just stop in the middle of the road and wait for me (and everyone else biking to pass). This is dangerous, inefficient, and likely makes everyone driving pissed off at the cyclists. These mixing lanes allow cars to move into position to turn and are wide enough that the cyclists can get over to the left still. I would love to see these implemented in high traffic areas that get a bike lane.

      • A says:

        I agree. Admittedly most of my riding is done in the south end despite daily forays into downtown, so I dont have as much experience with the newer infrastructure such as many of the bike lanes to base a final opinion on.

  2. Orv says:

    The ease of theft from bicycles is sometimes a big deterrent to cycling. When I’m going to a business with easily available parking, it’s often quicker to park my car than it is to secure the bike to something sturdy, then secure everything removable to the bike. Unfortunately I don’t see an easy solution to this.

    • Mark J says:

      Orv, replace all quick-release bolts with standard ones. Don’t use an expensive or flashy bike for commuting nor errands. And always use a good u-lock that fits snugly around your bike and bike rack/pole. You will never be able to make a bike easily thief-proof. However, you can deter thieves relatively easily and for cheap. Have fun out there and don’t be afraid to ask a fellow cyclist for tips!

      • Clark in Vancouver says:

        So true. I used to have bikes stolen regularly and I ended up not paying much for a bike because of it. I just accepted it. Then I learned about how to lock it up and now I’ve had the same bike for over six years.
        I lock the both wheels and the frame to something that can’t be moved. Some sign posts are made to pull out of a sleeve in the concrete (for when a car hits the sign.). Don’t use those to lock to.
        You can change your quick release skewers to a type that’s hard to remove without an allen wrench or special tool.
        Don’t leave a bike outside overnight.
        Some simple things are all it takes and then things are fine.

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