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Five Things Friday: Do Not Walk in Bike Lane Edition

Sometimes I do a little Five Things Friday over on my flickr page. There have been a lot of pedestrians walking in the 15th Street Bike Lane lately.

  1. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ownership; for example, we are proprietary about our roads here in the U.S.
  2. Sidewalks are for pedestrians (rightfully so), and cars are the king of the road; cyclists get a few bike lanes and intermittent scoldings by drivers to get on the sidewalk.
  3. When I was in France this summer, it felt like motorists viewed the road more communally; l felt I had just as much right to be on the road as anybody else and nobody yelled at me to get on the sidewalk.
  4. We’re not that successful at sharing space here.
  5. Until we get to that place where we can view space more communally, I would really like it if people would not walk in the bike lane; it’s all we have.


  1. I had the same impression when cycling in England. Despite having roads that are more narrow than ours and often with no shoulder, motorists and cyclists manage to share the road much more congenially than we do. BTW, don’t tell this to Londoners. They’ll laugh at you!


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