Thursday, December 24, 2009

Can Buses and Bikes Share the Road?

The LA Metro and LADOT Bikeways Program's fall another step behind Chicago. This past summer of 2009 I attended a couple of meetings held at LA Metro where there was some inertia to produce an education module for bus operators. Six months later and no further discussion has come forth on the training program for LA Metro bus drivers.

Instead we get more inspired work from the Chicago DOT and the Chicago Bicycle Program with another video production aimed at making the streets safe for all roadway users. Previously Chicago released a great video entitled Traffic Enforcement for Bicyclist Safety, now they bring us Share the Road - Buses and Bicycles.

For the most part, this latest education video is generic enough to apply in any city. Maybe the LA Metro Bike Program could use it as a model for their alleged training program? Bus operators and cyclists can get along out there, but LA Metro must do more to train its employees on the importance of sharing the road with cyclists, and cyclists need to be mindful of the challenges faced by bus drivers in Los Angeles.

Enough said, enjoy the video.

Share the Road - Buses and Bicycles from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.

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