Wow, gorgeous photos. I'm green with envy over that clearly marked bikes-only lane. The waterside path in Chicago must be shared with crowds of pedestrians, dogs, strollers, rollerbladers, etc.
This one is not enforced.
I don't get it. Near my house, around the park and along the street, there's a nicely paved walking/jogging path. It seems that every time I ride that street, there's someone jogging in it (usually with earphones in) and have to move out into traffic. I know there's no bike lane, and it's not specifically for bikes, but it's nice and wide, unless there's a jogger in it. Isn't the street definitely for vehicles, especially when there's a sidewalk? Everyone wants to use our space... cars, pedestrians, etc.
I think there are a lot of forces at work here. First, everyone likes the wide, smooth path no matter how they use it. Bike paths like this usually fit that bill. Second, most people in the US still do not understand the bicycle as something other than large leisure toy. Because they can not see bicycles as vehicles with people on them who are trying to get somewhere in much the same way the people in cars are trying to get somewhere, walkers then feel that they can stroll in bike lanes with no consequence. Third, local law enforcement does not see this as an important issue because beat cops do not think of cyclists as deserving of space.In the case of this lane, it is miles long along one of the most popular beaches in the country. Most people go to the beach to have fun and do not realize that this stretch of road is used by commuters to get from place to place (and on this part of the coast, it is the only way to get from town to town that does not involve mountains or 50 MPH cars)
sunny socal. ismell a round trip soon. tutus included, you hear that caryl ;)
for realz??YAYY meli! ^_^