Lileks: Less is more, except at the intersection of cars and bikes

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 13, 2012 - 11:20 PM
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swschradSep. 13, 12 8:15 PM

or, put the bikes on sidewalks. you can call 'em bike paths if you want and paint lanes if you get a big Federal grant. but it's a well known fact that habitual cyclists blow through signs and cut in front of cars so they can slip under moving semis, and if you get the bikes on bike paths, they are out of the way.

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misterbutchSep. 13, 12 9:29 PM

(1) sidewalks are for walking. hence the name. (2) people that blow through stop signs don't become habitual cyclists because that behavior doesn't lend itself to a very long life. (3) bike lanes inside the parking lanes are a great way to see what the inside of the passenger door looks like.

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belascoSep. 13, 1210:10 PM

misterbutchSep. 13, 12 9:29 PM -(1) sidewalks are for walking. hence the name.-------------Ah, I guess that explains why we drive on parkways, and park on driveways! Its all finally making sense.

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stingballSep. 14, 12 6:06 AM

The City of Minneapolis overindulges bicylists so much that vehicle drivers are becoming 2nd class citizens on roads that were designed primarily for their use. It has become ridiculous. And I say this as a motorist who is also a bicylist.

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lindsaytSep. 14, 12 8:44 AM

As a huge fan of roundabouts - and of clogging them up with a dozen scooterists just for fun - I like what Lileks said about them injecting "a zesty note of terror to an otherwise banal excursion."

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donotbugmeSep. 14, 12 8:56 AM

They already created a similar mess on 10th Ave SE, 19th Ave S, and the bridge that connects them. It now takes about ten minutes to cross the river, University Ave, and 4th St by car. In that time you might see as many as five or six bike riders cruise by. Sometimes they will even stop for a traffic light.

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viledrivvelSep. 14, 12 9:02 AM

I can't figure out what your point is. Incorporate bike lanes or not? LRT will help traffic or not? Cars should exhilarate through the roundabouts or slow down. I'm confused. Maybe another cup of coffee will help me.

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vikesgr8fanSep. 14, 12 9:03 AM

Bicycles and other wheeled conveyances (besides wheelchairs and mobility scooters) don't belong on sidewalks. I have nothing against bike lanes if only people would use them. I live close to downtown and regularly walk the Hennepin Ave. bridge which has bike lanes on both sides. I'll see 10 bikers while I am crossing the bridge and MAYBE 2 are actually using the bike lanes.

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heffaySep. 14, 1211:13 AM

Re: "I can't figure out what your point is."

I would guess comedy?

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antisuburbsSep. 14, 1211:22 AM

Sidewalks are for walking. people should be able to walk down them without dodging cyclists. I love bicycling, but I do it on the road and on the bike paths, where you are supposed to! if it is unsafe to ride a bike on the road, then something needs to happen to change that!

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