A protected bike lane on every bridge. That's the kind of policy that could make a real difference for Florida and improve the state's terrible bike safety record. But it's still just a dream.
After Denver Public Works installed the Arapahoe and Lawrence Street bike lanes in 2015, people who used them felt safer, and a lot more people biked on the streets. That's according to early results from a Denver Public Works study documenting the effects of the city's first parking-protected bikeways [PDF].
After a city installs a bike lane, there's typically some pushback for a while from people who object to the change. What's unusual is when a city loses its nerve and decides to remove the bike lane. But that's what Atlanta has done on a 1,000-foot stretch of Westview Drive.
Earlier this year, Queens Community Board 11 voted for a DOT project to create several miles of protected bike lanes linking to the Joe Michaels Mile bike path. There were multiple public meetings about the redesign, but now members of the board are planning a closed meeting on Monday to hear objections to it.
Instead of changing how police park so their vehicles don't obstruct the bike lane and the sidewalk, a segment of the bike lane will lose its buffer from car traffic.