17 Apr '12, 3pm

Bike lanes make drivers less likely to be jerks, says study

A study of driving habits found that one in six motorists in Baltimore passed cyclists at an illegal distance, making them eligible to be shot to death under “stand your ground” laws, assuming we could somehow combine the laws of Maryland and Florida. Fortunately, there is a less violent solution. When there was a bike lane present, the same researchers found that motorists were 20 percent more likely to give cyclists the requisite three feet of clearance. Or, for maximum effectiveness, maybe we could combine bike lanes and straight up shooting people who get in our faces, in some kind of unholy Nuts-n-Gum style hybrid. Okay, that’s probably not a sustainable solution. It’s very Baltimore, though.

Full article: http://grist.org/list/bike-lanes-make-drivers-less-likely...

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