Beirut’s New Bike Lane is Just Impractical

It has been less than 10 days since the unveiling of Beirut’s first bike lane and it is already proving to be impractical, not only because drivers are unsurprisingly ignoring it, but also for the simple fact that it was set up on the left side of the road whereas bikersĀ are obliged by traffic laws to ride on the right side of the road and on the bike lane where it exists. The result is an experience as the one you can see in the below video.

The problem lies in the fact that the lane seems to have been set up in a way not to disturb the valet parking guys who occupy the right lane day and night. You just can’t expect something to function correctly when you start it wrong… In my opinion, the municipality and Beirut by Bike areĀ using this bike lane thing as a stunt to appear like they’re doing something for the city while they know beforehand that no one will make use of it, and best of all, it costs nothing to draw lines on the road!

We can barely fit cars in our street, let alone creating bike lanes, so in order to make that happen the municipality must first work on rehabilitating the roads, and in if it’s impossible then I think they better focus on improving something else and take proper credit for it.

video via Mohamad Cheblak

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One Response to Beirut’s New Bike Lane is Just Impractical

  1. Nazih Fares May 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    As a cyclist myself, the bike lane they have lined up is completely wrong. The minimum width of a bike lane should be 1.5 meters legally speaking, because if a car is closer to a bicycle by 1 meter, then that car owner will get fined (at least in Europe and USA) up to $400 because he’s a danger to the cyclist.

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