Here is a “cycle track” that was just installed in Alameda, along Shoreline Dr:
And here is a cross-section diagram of the “cycle track” (click to enlarge):
Can you spot what’s wrong? The answer, of course, is that there is nothing protecting the cyclists from the cars. A cycle track should have physical separation between car and bike traffic (preferably with a concrete curb). Alameda is only installing paint and stanchions. The other option for protecting cyclists is to put the cycle-track behind parked cars — but that was only been done in a few places during daytime hours. Alameda put most parking on the wrong side of the street.
For comparison, here is how a cycle track is supposed to look:
Alameda is hardly an isolated case. Here is what they are calling a “cycle track” in Minneapolis:
There is no reason cyclists should have to put up with this substandard infrastructure.