A recent op-ed in the Morning Call, ‘Bike Lane on Broad street in Bethlehem: Why it’s dangerous‘, dismisses all bike lanes as inherently dangerous.
The worst thing about this op-ed is that it brings out many legitimate dangers created by poorly-designed bike lanes — but it’s like a propaganda piece, because it doesn’t explore alternatives. For example, it doesn’t even consider bike lanes that are separated by a divider instead of a row of parked cars, and it doesn’t consider how the dangers of bike lanes at intersections could be mitigated or eliminated with better design.
Equally important, it doesn’t consider the dangers of riding in the traffic lanes and how that keeps many people from bicycling on the streets at all. Presumably the writer (and the American League of Bicyclists) expect that everyone will magically feel safe riding in traffic.
Someone needs to look into how to do safe bike lanes and write an op-ed.