A sunny and mild day in January, a welcome break from recent rains: What better time for a little demonstration of how bike lanes make cycling more feasible on roads that carry a lot of cars and trucks.
What’s a busy road is different from city to city, I understand that. Our traffic is nothing like in Seattle and Portland, obviously, and even less than in Salem. But around here, Santiam Highway and Pacific Boulevard — or US 20 as it goes through town — are the busiest we have.
So join me for a few minutes’ ride on Santiam and Pacific, from Bain Street to Sherman Street, on Friday afternoon:
Traffic was relatively mild, but you get the idea.
Don’t let anyone tell you that bike lanes are a waste of money and road space. They make car-bike collisions less likely, enough so that a cyclist can have a reasonable amount of confidence that (fingers crossed) he won’t be run over from behind. (hh)