Ludmilla wrote:Two-way bicycle lanes on a one-way street on a busy downtown street in a major city. This is a recipe for disaster, and someone will one day get hurt. Pedestrians and drivers alike don't think to look both ways, since it IS a one way street, for cyclists in the two-way bicycle lanes. The cyclists tend to go very fast and get angry at drivers and pedestrians who don't see them. This morning I watched a cyclist almost ram into a car that was pulling into a parking garage because the driver, of course, didn't see her. A lot of people aren't regulars to the area, and don't even think to look in both directions. Even regulars like myself forget to look and the cyclists are quite honestly hard to see.
Please note I am not lumping ALL cyclists into the same category, but at the same time I see reckless behavior a lot. They jump in and out of traffic, between the sidewalks and the road when they don't have their own lane. Wearing dark clothing and no reflecters to make sure drivers in the dark (and rain!!) can even see them.
My one bugaboo, and thankfully only once a year is the Seattle to Portland bit that brings them through my hometown in the morning. It's a multi lane road, very busy and some will not keep to the far right lane, and also will not yield to drivers trying to make a right hand turn into a retail lot.