What change would be most effective in helping cars and bikes share the road?

Recent changes to traffic flow on Hennepin and First Avenues in downtown Minneapolis have also moved bike lanes close to the curb. Planners hope a parking lane that separates bicycles from traffic will offer bikers some protection. What change would be most effective in helping cars and bikes share the road?

Comments texted to MPR:

Buffers are good because some drivers like to drive as close to bikers and bike lanes as they can simply because they do not want to share the road. -Suzie, Minneapolis, MN

The most effective change to help bikes and cars cohabitate would be to get the bikes of the roads. After all the cars taxes pay for the road. -Ryan

Motorists may pay road taxes, but they DON’T pay for the pollution they cause and its effects. -anonymous

It would go smoother if cyclists using the car lanes would actually follow traffic laws. Can’t believe how often I see them roll right through intersections. -Ryan, St. Paul, MN

Bikes need to obey traffic laws! If they did a symbiotic relationship would come much faster. -anonymous

How to better traffic between bikes and autos? Three words: more mass transit! -anonymous

Why not move bikeways onto parallel lower traffic roads? I’d feel a lot safer. -Cat, Blaine, MN

Ban the use of cell phones while driving. -Maria, Minnetonka, MN

Bikes are vehicles with full rights. If car drivers don’t want them sharing the roads, the solution is more bike lanes. -Ceri, Minneapolis, MN

Better BIKE LANES! –Sally, Eden Prairie, MN

More bike lanes and more motorist education on the rights of cyclists on the road. -Brian, St. Paul, MN

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