Why bike lanes must be expensive

Whether they are ignorant or indifferent, some drivers make physically separated bicycle lanes necessary. This one parked in the new bicycle lane on Dixon Avenue, right at a busy intersection.

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There was no room whatsoever for a cyclist to use the lane. The remaining road is for oncoming traffic.

Cities like Copenhagen, where cycling is a major option for commuters, have recognized the need for physically curbed lanes that prevent cars from entering bicycle space. It is a necessary cost. Painted lines, even ones that cost $10 a metre like they did on Dixon Avenue, just don’t cut it.