Ex racing bicycle frame builder, now retired. Bikes have been used in the Olympics, World Championships, Tour de France. Still an avid cyclist and bike…
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I salute the City of Charleston for their efforts to make our streets bike friendly, however, the bike lane pictured here is a potential death trap. The reason, it takes the cyclist in the “Door Zone” of parked cars.
A driver parks and opens his car door in the path of a passing cyclist and knocks the unfortunate rider into the path of a passing motor vehicle, where he/she is promptly run over and crushed. This is an all too common way many cyclists are killed.
As an experienced cyclist I will not ride my bike within four or five feet of a parked car for this reason. This would put me well outside the bike lane which I am sure would invoke some serious road rage from passing motorists.
Are there any motorists reading this who would drive their car within three foot of a parked car? Common sense dictates you don’t because of people opening car doors or pedestrians stepping out from between parked cars; and yet in this case cyclists are expected to do just that.
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