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Sunday, April 29, 2007

In praise of trees, part deux

Image of shaded bike lane on Sacramento's E StreetShade is a valuable amenity for bike commuters. Especially in seasonally warm areas like Sacramento, California. Don't let tree-hating traffic engineers remove your shade trees to speed up traffic.

Image: Paul Dorn. Shaded bike lane on E Street in Sacramento
Visit: Research: trees make streets safer, not deadlier, New Urban News
Visit: Trees Make Streets Safer, Raise the Hammer Blog
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips


Ed W said...

Gosh, that's a really nice door zone bike lane there, Paul. It appears that the street is lightly traveled with a wide lane, so the paint stripe is redundant at best, and promotes hazardous riding practices at worst.

Jett said...

Hi guys, I think we're looking at this line the wrong way. The words "Bike Lane" are just beginning to blur into the words "Door Zone". The line is a reminder how far out you need to ride ;-).

Ed W said...

I hadn't thought of it that way. Maybe it was a mistake. "Bike Lane" could have been stenciled to the left of that white line!

Anonymous said...

Ah, omens of the exceedingly rare Dana Laird scenario. Favorite straw man of the bike ed crowd. Why would any skilled "vehicular cyclist" prefer to ride on a shady traffic-calmed street like the one pictured, when they could ride on a great street like this one? Down with bike lanes! Missing the forest for the trees, eh?

Jett said...

Snake Bite has a good image of this -- bicycle highways with a car lane.