Separate or integrate?

dedicated urban bicycle laneThe debate between integrating cycling in the roadway or dedicated separated bike facilities continues. As we celebrate major achievements in new and better treatments for on road bike lanes, the argument for more bikeways separated form vehicular traffic is making big waves around the world, nationally, and locally. A recent Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times makes the case for more dedicated lanes, citing that for many tentative cyclists, only a physical separation from moving automobiles can make them feel secure. Cities that have invested in protected bike lanes have seen a tripling in the number of bike trips made. You can read the Op-Ed here. Also visit our website to learn more about what the MPO is doing at the local level.