How to ruin a buffered bike lane

If you’ve followed me for the last decade and a half, you know I’ve never been a big fan of bike lanes. Most of my experience has been with ones that were too narrow, next to lanes that were also narrow. And then there are the door zone bike lanes — an abomination that should not still exist. Compared to lane control, narrow bike lanes decrease passing clearance while increasing intersection conflicts, or at least increasing work load approaching intersections. I never felt that was a fair tradeoff to have my own space.

Turns out, it’s possible to design bike lanes that even I like.

Since moving to California, I have enjoyed riding in wide, buffered bike lanes. They offer a comfortable space, sometimes equivalent to a full travel lane.