Narrow Cycle Lanes endanger cyclists
I would agree that some motorists do get closer to you when there is a cycle lane or rather a narrow cycle lane. They seem to have no common sense.
I would also add that many motorists still drive close to you even with no cycle lane, hence I prefer 'off-road cycle paths' if at all possible.
There are very few places in London that have very wide cycle lanes, either they're just for cyclists only or they have to share them with motorcycles, taxis and other cars that shouldn't be on them. Some cycle lanes are tiny at about 2 foot, making no allowances for potholes or trailers. Maybe these people 'bought their degrees' or something.
Considering the Highway Code says that cyclists should have at least a car space in between the cyclist and the motorist, you wonder why a narrow cycle path was made in the first place. It doesn't make any sense and you don't need a 'Study' to see that. I bet people who designed them aren't experienced cyclists or didn't bother to consult with them properly, if at all.
Cycle paths should be really wide as lorries these days speed past cyclists, and the draught can knock them.
I do find it incredible, but unsurprising, that the London Cycle Highway (it has been downgraded to Highway from Super) is just a painted line on the road.
"Cycle lanes can make roads more dangerous for cyclists because they encourage motorists to drive closer when overtaking bicycles, a study has found.
Drivers give cyclists a wider berth on roads where there is no lane because they assume that they should share the road and make more allowance for the risk of wobbles.
The study, conducted by Leeds and Bolton universities, challenges the approach taken by many local authorities, which is to promote cycling by painting cycle lanes and cycle symbols on their roads. It suggests that reducing the speed and volume of traffic would be more effective in improving cycle safety than narrow cycle lanes.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is planning to create 12 “cycle superhighways” by 2012 but his transport authority said yesterday that most of the network would be lanes painted on roads rather than segregated cycle paths.