Cyclists are Using Red Cups to Protest Unsafe Bike Lanes

Photo:  Cambridge Bicycle Safety
Photo: Cambridge Bicycle Safety

Cyclists are seeing red.

Bike advocates around the country are using the red Solo cups to demonstrate the need for better bike lanes that actually protect cyclists by physically separating them from traffic.

Reports of the so-called Red Cup Project are coming in from all over. So far, we know they’re in D.C., where activist Dave Salovesh was just killed in an unprotected bike lane:

And Boston:

And Cambridge:

And New York City

And Pittsburgh:

And Austin:

And Denver:

The project was organized by Denver bike advocate Jonathan Fertig.

Fertig told Streetsblog: “Our hope is that the will impress upon Mayor Bowser in DC, Mayor Hancock in Denver and mayors/city councilors everywhere that there’s no more time to delay to rapid deployment of safe cycling infrastructure.”

The protest is an example of “tactical urbanism,” in which temporary unsanctioned public demonstrations call attention to design failings.

7 thoughts on Cyclists are Using Red Cups to Protest Unsafe Bike Lanes

  1. Bicyclists have successfully ridden in traffic for 100 years. The current push for dedicated lanes, of course paid for by drivers of those nasty, dirty, homicidal old cars, is part of a widespread anti-auto/anti-driver agenda with the ultimate goal of ridding the planet of the freedom that the automobile gives people (don’t worry, the elites pushing this agenda will still be able to drive all they want).

  2. Here is why the red cup protest. Tom McCarey, you are absolutely right about biking with traffic, We had been doing it for over 100 years. the reason why the need now for separate lanes is due to many motorists these days drive stupidly. They are on their phones, all spaced out to the electronic device, or probably spaced out to a sex song on the radio and not paying any attention to the road or their surroundings. If you are going to drive, put that phone down turn your stereo down and pay attention to the road ahead of you and your surroundings. Tom, maybe in your little world the push for dedicated lanes is a part of a widespread anti-automobile with the goal of ridding the planet of the automobile but in the real world it is not. I guess you hate the real world because of the shootings and the big greedy corporations.

  3. So everyone assumes that the bike lane projects like the #redcupproject are by cyclists who are leftist liberals who want to skewer transportation planners and fail to pay for their fair share of taxes. Most cyclists own cars. There are two Subarus parked in my driveway, as the drivers of those cars rode their bikes this week (c’mon it’s 70 and sunny and it’s been 50 and raining for weeks now, of course we parked the cars!) So to assume that cyclists ARE NOT drivers is ridiculous. The Red Cup Project rightly points out that paint isn’t protection. And people today are too distracted by smartphones in their cars to fully pay attention to the road – and sometimes, they assume a holier-than-thou attitude about road usage. This happens even when I ride with my kids, too.

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