The Tigard (Oregon) city council just voted to amend city planning codes to NOT require bike paths on specific downtown streets.
BikePortland.org has the details.
In the comments there was a lot of fuss and bother about how Tigard has magically become bike-hostile.
However, the city's planning manage had some very rational sounding reasons for the amendments.
I don't really care for bike lanes. I think they're terrible and often filled with debris. After the winter storms, they are filled with gravel and go from annoying to hazardous. Furthermore, bicyclists just become invisible to cars once in the bike lane.
The best solution is education! Everyone must understand that they are sharing the road and must learn how to do that effectively.
It can be done. Bike lanes are not the answer. They're really only a "band-aid" that make people feel like they're being taken care of.
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