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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The reason cyclists love green bike lanes | BeyondDC

Green-painted bike lanes make cycling safer, by reminding car drivers to watch out for cyclists when driving across bike lanes. That’s a great benefit, and it works, but it’s not the main reason so many cyclists get so excited over a little bit of color.

Green paint on Seattle’s Broadway cycletrack.
The real reason Cyclists love green-painted bike lanes so much is simple: They send the clearest-possible message that roads are not only for cars.
Despite a century of sharing roads, and despite the fact that people walked and biked in streets long before cars came along, there’s a strong mentality among entitled drivers that roads are for cars. A 5 second google search turns up plenty of examples.

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