The city of Raleigh, NC reconfigured Hillsborough Street to include a raised median and a single lane of traffic in each direction. But in July 2011 the city installed perhaps the worst Door Zone Bike Lanes (DZBLs) in the country.
What it was before.
What it was going to be.
What it was going to be #2.
What it became.
The City of Raleigh simply re-labeled buffers as bike lanes.
They didn’t do it out of mere ignorance of the hazards or standards, already an unforgivable excuse. The city administrators and staff willfully ignored the dangers and published guidelines. I gave them this paper in August 2010 condemning the then proposed bike lane design.
Bicyclists who are bike lane advocates pushed for the bike lane, and the City of Raleigh and NCDOT caved to their pressure.
Vulnerable, exposed bicyclists are forced to operate in what was the buffer, risking collision with suddenly opening doors, while motorists surrounded by steel frames and air bags enjoy the protection afforded by the bike lane buffer. Can you see the female pedestrian in black attempting to cross right to left?