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I think this video highlights the fundamental differences btwn what it's like biking in pdx vs. phila. Did you notice how the woman was pointing out how the driver was making a right turn without stopping? Well in Philly that would happen at a Left turn too!Point is, If people are afraid to bike in a place like PDX, it highlights the amount of work we have to do here in Philly to make people feel safe.Personally, I don't believe that will be accomplished through the provision of painted bike lanes. I believe, in this city, total bike separation needs to take place, taking entire lanes on streets such as pine and sansom and physically separating them from auto traffic. High population densities and a relative lack of street space(along with learned driving habits) means that people end up double parking and/or simply driving in bike lanes. in Phila. That, is absolutely unheard of in PDX...and if it did, a driver would hear no end from passing bikers.So while lanes may work for portland, the myriad of unsafe conditions in Phila make the case for separated bike facilities a necessity and not simply a nicety.
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