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Why would you need "more than 10ft" for a cycle track? IMO, you could do one with 9ft. Even DDOT proposed it in Alternative 2 (a 10ft track), and some variation of Alt 2 would still work. If you need more "shy space", an 8ft track and 2ft curb would still be doable.

If one side of the cycletrack is alongside parked cars, you need some shy space so that someone isn't forced to ride in the door zone. I think Alt 2 is a bad design.

Wash, I'm curious: In the past I think you've acknowledged that riding on sidewalks and sidepaths is statistically much more dangerous than riding in the street.

Yet here you seem to support a "two-way cycletrack" which by any reasonable standard is just an urban sidepath. It's actually worse than a suburban sidepath because the intersections are more frequent.

I've slowly warmed to the idea of bike lanes, but taking bikes completely out of the flow of traffic just makes it far more dangerous for us at intersections, which is where most of the danger in cycling is in the first place.

I don't mean this to be accusatory; I'm just legitimately confused about your position on these things.

Where's the police escort?

(Sorry couldn't resist.)

1) I've rethought my position on sidewalk riding. I'm not convinced it is inherently more dangerous. Wrong-way sidewalk riding is, but going with traffic at a slower speed, I think is not. The real disadvantage is that you have to go much slower for the same level of safety (so maybe it is more dangerous, depending on how you think about. The exact same behavior on the sidewalk is more dangerous than on the street, but one can ride safely on the sidewalk).

2. A cycletrack is different that a sidewalk or even a sidepath. Especially if it gets its own signal as I've often seen. By giving cyclists there own turn to cross an intersection, you reduce the intersection problem. With a cycletrack, drivers expect to see cyclists so I don't think it's right to transfer intersection risk from the street grid to cycletracks. And there are obvious gains in removing the overpassing risk. Being hit from behind is more rare than being hit in a turn, but much more deadly. Of the five fatalities in the area this year, two are of that variety.

3) Cycletracks will get more people to ride, which makes us all safer.

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