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Are You A Car-Free Louisvillian? Speak Up

January 31st, 2014 by jake · 3 Comments

A growing number of people living in Louisville are choosing not to own an automobile.

Are you one of those car-free people?

I want to hear your story!

You’ll find my direct email address here (you don’t have to use the form – just use the address listed there).

If you don’t think it’s important to share your story, remember that there are folks here in Possibility City who still fight against sidewalk expansion projects, bike lanes and public transportation.

Tags: Bikes · Green · Possibility City · Travel

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom Armstrong // Feb 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    While I am not car-free, I have certainly made a series of choices over the years that have the cumulative effect of sharply reducing my use of motor vehicles, especially single-occupant motor vehicles.

    While I certainly advocate for expanded walkability and better public transit systems (note: plural), I am reluctant to support pavement-edge bike lanes or bike lanes that are part of the street in any way.

    From a policy standpoint, bike lanes such as what the vast majority of what we have in Louisville: a) reinforce the errant notion that cyclists are not equal road users, much like saying “you can ride the bus, but you have to sit in the back” gives a message of inequality, b) reinforces the notion that cycling is inherently dangerous, and that cyclists must have separate places to do so (despite that cycling is far safer than many activities, including riding in a car), c) the presence of a bike lane forces a cyclist to defend driving defensively (601KAR14:020 (9)(2) holds that if a bike lane is present, a cyclist must use it if feasible, leaving the “if feasible” open to misinterpretation by law enforcement and society at large, with resulting harassment for any cyclist found not using a bike lane for whatever reason).

    The reality is that bike lanes do not improve cyclist safety–certainly not to the degree claimed in several so-called studies published over the last few years. The Lusk, et al study, and the Teschke, et al study each have glaring faults in their constructions that result in the objective conclusion that there is no support for the claims made in their abstracts.

    Indeed, in one of the few places where such data are being gathered, “hit from behind” motorist-vs-cyclist crashes are happening with roughly equal frequency even when the cyclist is in a bike lane or on a shoulder.

  • 2 Jackie Green // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    car free in Louisville since 1999

  • 3 Valley // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Tom, what do you support? I think I agree with you. But I absolutely am against shared bike/pedestrian lanes – separate from the road, I will not walk on one. But I regularly see people in my neighborhood – adults – riding their bikes on the sidewalk. About hit a guy pedaling along this morning, about 6 a.m., no lights, no reflective gear, nothing ….

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