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Transportation Thu Oct 07 2010

Do Bike Lanes Make Bikers Less Safe?

A biker in New York City makes the case in this video that bike lanes actually make biking less safe, sparking a debate in the bike community in New York.

 
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Dennis Fritz / October 7, 2010 11:13 PM

The crux of the problem is this: urban biking is great unless to many people decide to do it. It's a shame, but it's true.

Ramsin / October 8, 2010 1:16 PM

While the transition phase is probably painful, don't forget that if the new bikers are biking instead of driving, there is still a significant decline in congestion that would make the roads safer for more bikers--in other words, the increase in bikers would still be a net decrease in congestion.

rachel / October 8, 2010 2:56 PM

maybe not filming yourself while you're riding your bike on city streets is a good start to making cycling more safe for everyone..

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Feature

Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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