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A separated bikeway makes more sense

By Khalil J. Spencer

In the Thursday story published in the Los Alamos Monitor, “Trinity Drive Still Hot Topic,” the reporter greatly simplified my blog comments on the relative value of separated bicycle facilities vs. on-street bicycle facilities.
There are no good “one size fits all” solutions and I would not suggest, without context specific information, what type of bicycle facility I would recommend to the county council in my capacity as a Transportation Board member or for that matter, as a private citizen.
Readers can refer to the blog for details (www.labikes.blogspot.com.)
Cycling facilities, which are included in street design to improve both safety and efficiency, have to be designed within a context including the type of street and the kind of cyclist that is being considered.
A heavily used arterial or high speed highway will likely have a different treatment than a collector or a quiet residential street.
Some streets will likely require no modifications at all — the road is, after all, the “bikeway” as well as the “car-way.”
Specific considerations, too, are given to locations where we expect children, the elderly, or the inexperienced might be riding.  


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