Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Langley Advance: Network needed for cyclists

The Langley Advance has a great article about needed cycling network improvements in Langley. They also plugged our bike event which is this Thursday. I hope you get a chance to read the article.
Bike lanes are usually indicated by painted lines and bicycle symbols, but they can also be separated by plastic orange pylons. In some places, different configurations are being tried to help improve safety. Pachal points out that some jurisdictions are re-arranging their on-street parking so that the bike lane is next to the sidewalk, followed by parking, and then the road itself. In Richmond near the new Canada Line, raised bike lanes have been added between sidewalks and streets.

Making people feel safer is one of the major obstacles to getting more people onto their bikes and out of cars, Pachal said.

The benefits of cycling are obvious once it's made safer and convenient, he said.

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