Many cyclists like riding in bike lanes when they are available. I do too. (But then, Texas has paved eight to ten foot bike lanes nearly everywhere. The locals call them streets!)
I would like to call your attention to a peculiar hazard that bike lanes pose, that most of us who have been riding awhile may be overlooking: Ninja Salmon at Night!
I would be surprised if anyone reading this post would venture out on a night ride without lights. Naturally we would expect any traffic we encounter to have lights too. But the urban Ninja (a cyclist riding at night without lights) could be out there.
Bike lanes may encourage the sidewalk rider onto the bike lane. Some cyclists may ride against traffic in the bike lane. (Salmon) But when darkness falls, a Ninja Salmon could be deadly to someone riding in the bike lane.
I would avoid riding in a bike lane at night for this reason alone.
1 week ago