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Filmmaker Casey Neistat got a ticket for not riding in a bike lane in New York recently, a trick that isn’t necessarily illegal, unbeknownst to the officer who claimed that cyclists should always stay in a bike lane. Upset over paying his illegitimate $50 fine, Neistat sets out to prove, well, that bike lanes can sometimes be dangerous.

In Kentucky, the law on the books (from Bike Louisville) says, “If a bicycle lane is provided, it MUST be used whenever feasible.” That “whenever feasible” is an important distinction that provides for turns and safety, etc.

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Branden Klayko

3 COMMENTS

  1. If a bike lane is available, I use it. It’s great. Unfortunately, the amount of bike lanes in Louisville barely scratches the surface… a stretch here and a stretch there. Once the bike lanes on major thoroughfares start to connect, I will use them more. I hate to complain though, Louisville has done quite a bit for bikers. I’ll just be glad once all the puzzle pieces start to interlock.

    My dream is to have a bike lane running the length of Phillips Lane so I have a safer way to cross the biggest obstacle in town… the never ending land of the fairgrounds and the airport.

  2. I scratch my head at the popularity of this video. The big problem with bike lanes, both nationally and locally, is not the visible obstacles in them, but the invisible obstacles.

    A parked car door opening unexpectedly is a mortal threat. Most bike lanes along on-street parking here fall prey to being too narrow for both an opening car door and a bicycle. I can’t in good conscience say that people should ride their bicycles in most Louisville bike lanes, and I don’t myself.

    Dave Morse
    League Cycling Instructor #1599
    League of American Bicyclists

  3. I’ll take the bike lane when/if there is one, but if not, I’m still more comfortable breaking the law but maintaining my safety by riding on the sidewalk.

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