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August 23, 2016

Designs for protected lanes vary by city, and not all have been warmly received.

Along a short part of San Francisco’s famous Market Street, pavement nearest the curb was recently built up higher than vehicle lanes to create a distinct path for bikes.

But Chris Cassidy, of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, says the city’s first test of a “raised” bike lane still leaves something to be desired because vehicles are still parking in the lane.

In Washington, D.C., the bike lane along Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and White House has proved popular since it was installed in 2010. But some cycling advocates grumble its design — located at the center of the broad thoroughfare — is impractical and unsafe.

Greg Billing, head of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, says the center lane design won’t be repeated as the lane is extended past the White House. New rubber barriers were also installed last year to discourage cars from making risky and illegal U-turns through the bike lane.