When it comes to bike lanes, one size does not fit all

My column last month reviewed the concept of protected bikeways, which embody a different philosophy from the thinking that the best way to achieve cycling safety is for bicyclists to behave like motorists and share the road.

Hybrids are way to go

Because I am in the auto industry, many of my customers and friends ask me what kind of car I drive and which car would I buy.

More protected bike lanes sprout up on local roads

Chris Hoeber/Special to the Town Crier
The protected bike lane on Castro Street in Mountain View was installed to allow the students at Graham Middle School to safely navigate the intersection.

When I started cycling in 1972, there were fewer bicyclists and cars, and roadway design did not explicitly take cyclists’ needs into account. In fact, many of the first bike lanes were little more than white lines on the road, where the surface of the “lane” was literally unusable.

Due to the energy crisis at the time, interest in cycling began to take off, and John Forrester developed the concept of “vehicular cycling.” According to Wikipedia, he became a cycling advocate after being ticketed in Palo Alto for riding in the street instead of a recently legislated separate bikeway. He contested the ticket and won. “Vehicular cycling” simply means “driving your bicycle as if it were a motor vehicle.” All of the tips I have shared regarding lane positioning, signaling, etc., are consistent with this philosophy and have been proven over time by cyclists on the road the world over.

Five-minute rule may save engine from catastrophe

A customer recently brought in his 2008 Toyota Sienna van after it had overheated. When we think a car has overheated, we ask some specific questions:

• How long do you think the car was overheating?

Versatile Nissan Pathfinder packs plenty of safety features

Courtesy of Nissan
The Nissan Pathfinder in top-of-the-line Platinum trim offers full safety and convenience systems. It has received a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For the family that spends time at Lake Tahoe – taking winter trips with the snowmobile or summer vacations with the all-terrain vehicle or boat, complete with all the accompanying gear – there really isn’t a better choice than a midsize crossover. The Nissan Pathfinder, refreshed in 2016 and now in its last year with this current model, is a good choice for such tasks.

Two small but practical crossovers

Courtesy of BMW
Drive28i comes with a 2-liter BMW twin-turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

For most young families and for most purposes, there is nothing better than a small five-door crossover.

Interior space can easily be configured from four passengers with luggage to make room for those bulky items purchased on that trip to the discount big-box store.

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