Almost :) doored :((

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Lyle
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Last night, riding home along Beechwood Blvd near the nature center, with my 6-LED headlamp. I KNOW that bike lane is a door zone threat, and yet I ride on the stripe despite myself.

Some guy swings open the massive door of his American sedan, I shout and swerve, and fortunately, unlike for the Dana Lairds and the David Smiths, there was no motor traffic to my left.

If there was no motor traffic to my left, why was I in the bike lane? Good question. I guess I’m afraid of provoking the “get in the bike lane, asshole!” motorists.

He sure was startled. Guess I need to find a replacement helmet lamp and get some more candlepower up there.


erok
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yeah, that bike lane was redesigned, with door-zone buffers, and the city installed the wrong one. :(


Chris Mayhew
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You need to stop riding in the door lane. All the lights in the world won’t matter.


greenbike
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How is it possible to install the wrong bike lane?


erok
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very good question…

there was an old work order and a new one. somewhere along the line, the new one wasn’t given to the people who put it in.

don’t know who to blame. also, this is pre-bike/ped coordinator


greenbike
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ah. Still leaves me scratching my head…and glad that there is a bike/ped coordinator now.


egats
Participant
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After more than 10 years of urban cycling, I finally got the door prize in Quebec City this summer — the car was a Prius!


floggingdavy
Participant
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That bikelane is the only place ive been doored. It was actually another cyclist that was getting out of his car to start mountain biking. I scratched the heck out of his audi, but my bike an i were ok.


greenbike
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After more than 10 years of urban cycling, I finally got the door prize in Quebec City this summer — the car was a Prius!

That takes the cake!


Jmal
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Hey just wondering, was the Audi that doored you blue?


floggingdavy
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as i recall, and this was some time ago so my memory may be a bit off, it was a dark blue a4. i have thing for german cars so the the a4 thing stuck


erinkpgh
Participant
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Hmm, I drive on Beechwood near Dallas all the time (just down the hill from the nature center) and as of today they hadn’t repainted the bike lanes there. Confused.

We really ought to get these repainted, that road was repaved in the spring and nothing has been done about reestablishing the best, oldest bike lane in the east end.


Lyle
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I can’t say that I’ve noticed any difference between the striped and the unstriped portion, in how either motorists or cyclists operate. I wonder how long that will last.


rsprake
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The road is so wide in that section and I think the people who travel on that road are already trained to stay in the left of the lane.

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