human909 wrote:Jono L. wrote:The road was/is safe.
The bikepath is not.
I here your criticisms guys and in many ways I am inclined to agree. As I said in the beginning I was and am trying to play devils advocate. **** on another day I would probably be agreeing with you.
However not all cyclists are road warrier cyclists. A significant number of cyclists prefer complete sepparation from motorist and would greatly prefer these type of paths to on road single flow paths. I personally am very comfortable on the road and would prefer that the infrastructure not be there, i would likely feel safer without this path. However while this lane may not be compatible with pack riding road cyclists that doesn't mean that it is completely flawed. There is clear demand for this style of pathway, and it doesn't have the killer flaws of say Fitzroy St.
And even accepting that the path it less safe than bike lanes on the road, it still doesn't mean that the lane caused the colision.
You can play devils advocate sure. Don't get me wrong, I hate seeing situations where personal responsibility for accidents is sherked off under the cover of bad infrastructure or similar. But this accident is something I have been expecting to happen for a long time because the path there is downright dangerous and stupid.
1) The path runs for 500m, what do less comfortable cyclists do? Drive to the start of the path and then go back and forth without daring venture onto the normal road? The fact that the a 500m section of path can make any meaningful difference in ones perception of safety is a bit of a stretch. Especially on a very quiet, already sufficiently wide and highly bicycle populated road. A clear demand for this style of pathway? This is not a push the pram and walk the dogs while the kiddies ride along kind of path. The boulie is frequented by training cyclists, who most (I am assuming here, yes dangerous but what the hey) would be more than happy if this path never existed. If people weren't comfy with the non pathed section of the road, then how the hell do they get to the path anyway? It is a token gesture.
2) No the lane did not cause the accident, but if the lane was not there, would the accident have occurred?