Karen Karabell makes this crucial safety observation at 03:15: “You know, I think our job as educators is to make people aware. If you use this facility you need to know that other drivers are allowed to turn right in front of you." The first Parking-Separated Bikeway in metro St. Louis was opened July 2015 on Chestnut Street, St. Louis City, a one-way east-west road leading to the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. Parallel to it is Market Street, a major 4-lane thoroughfare with no special bicycle facilities.
This helmet-mounted video featuring CyclingSavvy bicycling instructor Karen Karabell, was shot on Thursday, September 17th 2015, between about 3:30 pm and 3:50 pm. Two cameras were used shooting both forwards and backwards. Starting near the Carl Milles’ Meeting of the Waters fountains in Aloe Plaza near 20th Street, just opposite Union Station, we biked about 1 mile on the new Parking-Separated Bikeway on Chestnut as far as Broadway before returning along Market St. to the starting point. The aim was to compare the two roads from a competent on-road cyclist’s perspective.
The video underscores safety issues on Chestnut's new Parking-Separated Bikeway of which the novice or uninformed need to be made aware. They are principally the risk of car-bike collisions at intersections, and the challenge of making a safe vehicular left turn from the bike lane. This contrasts with the ease with which a knowledgeable cyclist controlling the lane can coexist safely with motorists on multi-lane roads like Market St. The only treatment recommended for the latter is the addition of effective lane-centered sharrows ("Shared Lane Markings" and BIKES MAY USE FULL LANE (R4-11) signs. (See thinkbicyclingblog http://tinyurl.com/hngseap for more background.)