Here are pictures of the lane intended for bicyclists to use on a feeder road near Ottawa Int’l. airport.
As can be seen, there is ample opportunity for danger based on merging lanes on either side of the bike lane. For this reason, I regularly avoid using the bike lane in favour of the much safer paved shoulder. Given the gradual, obscured dog-leg right around the curve, it seems hard to imagine anyone on two non-motorized wheels feeling safe in the bike lane.
Do traffic engineers who include bike lanes in repaved stretches give thought to how safe the net result really is?
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