The City of Palm Springs has gone gung-ho for bicycle lanes but has adopted an approach to creating them that is twenty-plus years out of date. The PS approach simply paints a line denoting the Bike Lane on a road surface. The problem with that is that a painted line offers little to no protection to the cyclist from motor vehicles. Other cities do it differently. For instance, the Bike Lane is placed between the curb and parked cars and they protect cyclists as shown in the picture below, taken in Portland, OR, this summer.
Update: The post above engendered some lively comments and I must admit that the pic I used above may not have been the best to illustrate the point I wanted to make. I asumed that what it showed was a bike lane but I'm not now 100% certain of that, having simply taken a snap when in Portland recently. Here is another image garnered at http://cdn.therivardreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/portland-bike-lanes_peopleforbikes.jpg which hopefully does a better job of explaining what I understood is going on in other cities.
My thanks to all for a lively discussion and words of appreciation for the blog. Both mean a great deal to me.
Yes, Include Me!... The Blog
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The Yes, Include Me! blog, is written by Jonathan Freeman with love, curiosity and a dose of cynicism about Palm Springs and the people who try to run it for people who live here for whatever period that may be.