Monday, July 6, 2009

Bike Lane Love

Photo via treehugger

I discovered a new website today, GOOD, which is the online component of a magazine by the same name. GOOD compiles lots of interesting blogs, articles, and videos and is self-described as "an ongoing exploration of what GOOD is and what it can be". While I was checking out the site I came upon this post, content originally from TreeHugger, that made me giddy. The author explains that in Spain these ZEBRA bicycle lane dividers are used to keep cyclists safe by preventing drivers from ignoring bicycle lane dividing lines. The dividers, sort of an oval-shaped mini speed bump, are also made from 100% recycled plastic. Protecting cyclists who are practicing clean transportation through a recycled mechanism? What could be better! 

I have high hopes that these little ZEBRAs will be implemented here in the US, and soon. Biking to work or down the street to run errands is one of the quickest ways to ease gas guzzling automobile traffic and improve air quality in our immediate environment. Unfortunately, cyclists are often put in unsafe situations due to distracted, or simply bad, drivers. Utilizing a product such as ZEBRA dividers is a sustainable way to keep cyclists safe while making bicycle commuting more attractive to new riders who may be weary of cycling safety.

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