The article “NCDOT calls for new curbs on bicyclists” (http://nando.com/3d7) generates several comments including:
Henry Silver: Common sense dictates that, traffic ordinances notwithstanding, the primary responsibility for a cyclist’s safety lies with the cyclist. Riding a bike on a road designed for vehicular traffic is inherently risky. Traffic volumes, width of lanes, visibility conditions, skill levels, etc. all factor into that degree of risk.
Eric Phillips: I think most of these are fair except for permitting for large informal rides and restricting cyclists to the right half of the lane. The idea that cyclists are keeping people from being able to get out of their homes and to work is absurd. Auto traffic is a much bigger offender. Most cyclists already choose to ride in the right edge of the lane, and they do so at their own risk. Giving the cyclist the option of doing what they feel is safest is what should be allowed.
Andrew Geller: As a driver and cyclist, it’s great to see this discussion and movement toward making the roads safer for motorized and active transportation. Before we move to restrict use of the roads through additional permits or limiting the travel lane, it is important to remember is that roads, other than limited access highways, are for transportation, not just for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. North Carolina’s rural roads have nearly non-existent shoulders (not clear how the “3 feet graded width” is measured or enforced); surely some discussion of road design to support active transportation in urban and rural settings should be included. This includes rideable shoulders or intermittent passing zones, bike lanes that do allow for cars to turn right safely, bike boxes at the front of the traffic line to allow high visibility and allows bikes to trigger traffic light changes, and the potential of more bicycle/pedestrian-dedicated thoroughfares to separate motorized from non-motorized traffic.