Too bicycle-friendly to be true?

First, North Harvard St north of Western Ave gets repaved and bike lanes. I haven't seen the bike lanes yet, but the new paving is really nice! Now the TAB reports that Harvard Ave is going to get bike lanes this summer. Wow!

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  1. I saw the painted lanes this morning. The bike lane placement isn't ideal -- it puts bikes on the right of the right-turning lane for Soldiers Field Road. It should direct exiting cars to the right and bikes to the middle.

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  2. I heard yesterday that Harvard Ave is not getting bike lanes this summer. Bummer.

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  3. I think that bike lanes on Harvard Ave will be more complicated, due to the amount of foot traffic and short-term parallel parking. I hope that when bike lanes are introduced there, they look into alternatives to lanes sandwiched between traffic and parked spaces, because such lanes put bikes directly in the path of opened doors, parking cars, buses, and jaywalkers. From what I've read, bicyclists in Central Square feel that the lanes have made cycling on Mass Ave less safe. Often the lane is used as a live parking zone, forcing cyclists into traffic with little warning. In a slow-moving street like Harvard Ave, biking in the car lane with traffic may actually be safer. I'm definitely in favor of bike lanes in general -- I just hope the city puts more thought into how the lane will work with that particular street, instead of painting a line down the right lane.

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