Biking in Lincoln

October 16, 2013 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City of Lincoln has a new website dedicated to information about bicycling in Lincoln. It contains material about trails, laws, and even bicycle maintenance.

In general, Lincoln is an OK place to ride a bike. We’re way behind on providing safe and effective bike lanes—I don’t consider the existing bike lanes Downtown to be particularly “safe” or “effective”—but the city’s extensive trails system makes it easy to cover a lot of ground around town. Some drivers are idiots when it comes to accommodating bicyclists on the roads; at the same time, some bicyclists are responsible for building driver frustration because they ride unsafely and/or don’t follow the laws. We could do a lot better there.

As a runner who regularly uses the trails system, my main request for bicyclists is that they announce their passes with a bell, horn, or by calling out “on your left”. It drives me nuts when bicyclists startle slower trail users by silently flying by.

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