Portland, Oregon has begun to install separated bicycle lanes called cycle tracks, a move that has also recently taken place at varying levels in New York City, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Indianapolis.
We’ve promoted the idea of using cycle tracks to provide safer and more bicycle-friendly routes to parks, and to connect parks and other places to each other. (The Indianapolis Cultural Trail essentially does this in the city’s downtown vicinity.) A shibboleth of many European cities (especially in the north) has been to use cycle tracks to connect places and people, but in the United States some believe that these facilities will not work, partly because drivers and bikers are not used to them. The City of Portland just released the below video that begins to educate the public on how the lanes work. Other cities might be interested in such outreach efforts. It can pay off; in places with separated lanes, there has been shown to be a ten percent increase in the number of bikers compared to using regular striped lanes.