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I saw these little guys a couple days ago…looks to me like they are marking the door zone? Could be a nice addition to several other bike lanes in town.
Tags: Bike Lanes, door zone, markings
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Cambridge seems to be running a study for how new markings in “door zone” bike lanes can reduce the instances of dooring. (thanks John for the tip)
BICYCLE LANE STUDY UNDERWAY SUMMER/FALL 2011
This summer, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (REF) is conducting a study
evaluating various ways of marking bicycle lanes; Cambridge and Chicago are the two cities being
used for the research, each being busy urban areas with many cyclists.
The study will be looking at various bike lane widths on streets with and without on-street parking. The
study sites in Cambridge are Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Porter Square and
Prospect Street between Hampshire Street and Broadway.
The study will evaluate the influence of bike lane widths on how motorists and bicyclists travel on the
road and the comfort level of both bicyclists and motorists under various conditions. The study will
also look at how markings may help diminish the risk of “dooring,” where motorists parking
suddenly open car doors into the path of travel of cyclists.
Most of the line markings that are being used are temporary, and city staff will use information from the
study to help determine the preferred solution for the long term.
As part of the study, researchers will be surveying motorists and cyclists about their experiences and
perceptions. There is no personal data gathered as part of that study and the responses are
completely anonymous. If you are stopped while traveling, we would appreciate your responding,
but if you do not want to, just say “no, thank you,” and there will be no pressure.
If you have questions about the study, please feel free to contact Cara Seiderman,
I am all for studies like this, if it turns out a simple addition, or editing of the current way bike lanes are painted could reduce this risk, hurray!
Tags: bike lane, door zone, study
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I noted a while ago that I saw “proto-lanes” on Mass Ave near Porter, seems they finally put in the new lanes.
I am not sure if this was done this way intentionally, but I like it. It mentally nudges the cyclists out towards the left hand side of the lane, and indicates visually the “door zone.” What do you think? Is this brilliant, a beneficial accident, or a new way to design door zone bike lanes?
Tags: Bike Lanes, door zone, mass ave., porter
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From the forum
I hate hate hate when cabs discharge people into the bike lane (or into any lane that is not the side of the road). Hopefully this passenger and this cab driver were both issued tickets on the spot, as dooring someone is now a ticket-able offense.
Tags: bike lane, cab, door zone
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Got this tip from Fenway today
Sharrows have been added on Dorchester Avenue from at least Richmond Street to Gallivan Boulevard in front of the Carney Hospital. They’ve been there since the middle of the week. I’m not sure but they might extend all the way down to the intersection with Washington Street.
I am pretty happy they are starting to work on Dot Ave. That used to be part of my daily commute and I can tell you that it wasn’t that bad…but could be a lot better. There is room for bike lanes over most of the northern half, and in my opinion some interesting things could be done with the southern half if you got creative with time shift parking (park on one side in the morning, park on the other in the evening ala the restrictions on many neighborhood streets.) But I think they are going the sharrow on the narrow part, bike lanes on the wide part (I don’t know for sure yet though). I also know they are redoing the intersections on that street to make them more bike and ped friendly.
I will have to get down that way this week and take some pics in the mean time here is a snippet of video from the south Huntington Lanes going in (mentioned here). As always if anyone has any pics of video send them my way!
I rode in them today and I can tell you they are going to be nice and wide, with a buffer on the parking side for a lot of it, and only a couple spots of door zone (ish) areas. They should also help to slow traffic down a bit in that stretch as cars tend to go slower in narrower lanes.
Tags: Bike Lanes, door zone, dot ave, south huntington
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