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Shared Bicycle & Bus Lanes

Shared Bicycle & Bus Lanes

Dear Baltimore Bicycling Club,
The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) is working on the development of a guide to design, policies, and operational characteristics for shared bicycle/bus lanes.  For this guide a shared bicycle/bus lane is defined as a lane that is dedicated for bicycle travel and bus transit use where bicycles and buses share the lane space together.  These lanes may also include permitted use by other high-occupancy vehicles, right turning vehicles, taxis, and/or vehicles during off-peak periods. 

Initial research identified an example of this lane configuration in your area located on a portion of W Lombard and Pratt Streets.  We are requesting that you, or a member of your organization who is familiar with this street, complete a brief questionnaire on how the shared lane functions.

The questionnaire can be completed in one of two ways: 1. Email to "Fiebe, JoAnne" <joannefiebe@cutr.usf.edu>  for a word document and return via email or 2. We can contact you at a convenient time to conduct a brief phone interview.  The final guide that incorporates the results of this survey will be shared with all participants.

We are also looking for photographs of the shared lane and greatly appreciate any photos that you can provide to be included in the report.  Please contact me with any questions <joannefiebe@cutr.usf.edu>.  Thank you so much for your valuable time,

JoAnne K Fiebe, B.Arch, LEED AP
"Fiebe, JoAnne" <joannefiebe@cutr.usf.edu>
Graduate Research Assistant
Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT100
Tampa, FL 33620-5375

Edited by: Georgia Glashauser - Nov-05-11 01:08 am

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Re: Shared Bicycle & Bus Lanes

I won't download a Microsoft Word file from anyone that I don't know. Sorry, but that's life in a world of computer viruses.  Maybe an official from the BBC can communicate that back.  SurveyMonkey would have been a better method.

As far as Lombard and Pratt St (and, Ocean City) shared Bike/Bus lanes are concerned--I haven't seen anything on where a bike should position themselves in such a lane.  In Ocean City, the police want you to hug the curb, so you can play dodge with their drainage system or take out a pedestrian who carelessly steps into the lane without first checking for approaching bicycle traffic.  In Baltimore City, I ride along the straight going line so that right turning traffic can make their turn unobstructed and I avoid being right-hooked.

The city hasn't considered that bicycles can be on the left side of the road as well as the right on a one-way street such as Pratt and Lombard.  They assume the right, so that's where they painted the lanes, but there are many occasions where a cyclist may need to make a left turn.  An experienced cyclist will usually make their move to the left early. They may be riding on the left for x amount of time in preparation for the upcoming turn.

Additionally, I haven't seen suggestions by anyone as to what a bicycle should do when being overtaken by a bus in the Bike/Bus lane.  I hold my position, no matter what, but others with less steely nerves may move right.  In my opinion, this places them in a compromised position to be right-hooked.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

Isaias O'Daniell
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In NO way whatsoever should a bus and a cyclist share a lane. The bus will always win to the detriment of the cyclist.
Most cities with dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes (e.g. Madison, WI) have two separate lanes.

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Hey Folks,    The gal who sent the email stated that she is doing research.  I hear that as our tax dollars at work.  I hope you will either pick up a telephone and call her, or email her, with your comments.   Otherwise, you may be getting a combined bus & Bike lane.

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What I am hearing seems to be more of an issue with bus driver training then the bus/bike lane combo (which we already have.) FWIW I have been having issues of the State's Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access (Michael Jackson (MJ)) who fills out our Bike Friendly State questionnaire and LAB has been going with his responses hence our ranking of #10 last year. Which boils down to LAB supports Maryland's bus driver training (CDL = Commercial Drivers Licence) and is not asking the State to improve the training. 

The following is LAB's question followed by MJ's response followed by my comments:
* 39. In the state driver's CDL testing and manual are questions and information regarding motorists' rights and responsibilities towards bicyclists included?
? Yes
[] No

Good bus driver training (not in our CDL) [video] (Something a lot better then here is being done!)
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article. … 3150341447

Previous discussion on the CDL and Bike Friendly States
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article. … 4105516487

I'm sorry but bicyclists are hazards and tap the horn at them is NOT "information regarding motorists' rights and responsibilities towards bicyclists"

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So I am curious what you think about LAB supporting our Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access who supports our CDL "training" and the BBC supporting LAB with a yearly donation so LAB can say our bus driver training is great for bicyclists?

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Barry Childress wrote:


So I am curious what you think about LAB supporting our Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access who supports our CDL "training" and the BBC supporting LAB with a yearly donation so LAB can say our bus driver training is great for bicyclists?

My answer has been rendered for the past 2 years--no donation to LAB.  Sorry, but they don't seem to "get it" these days.  WABA "gets it", so if a donation goes anywhere, it will be WABA--who looks out for DC, Maryland and Virgina.

One Less Car, ummmm.... I mean Bike Maryland--doesn't seem to have much focus these days other than putting up annual rides.  [I know they support us in Annapolis, too.]

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but I don't know or see anything from BM in social media (i.e., Twitter or Facebook).  That goes double for LAB.  The WABA blog is always busy. I get lots of news from WABA via an RSS subscription to my Google newsreader.

And speaking of RSS feeds... the one for this site is... well, bluntly, it sux. The formatting is little to be desired and from what I remembered before I unsubscribed, it was hard to control/target the content of the feed.   I suppose most BBC denizens come directly here instead of subscribing to RSS, so there seems to be a lack of testing for the feed from this site.

Sorry, this is getting off topic and I apologize.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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