November 7, 2010 - 8 went

Bike Network Audit 2010

Bikes need not apply.

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Added by John B.
on Nov 8, 2010.


  • john b.

    It applies to this cyclist everyday. I take that whole lane.

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  • mike

    Whenever I pick up dinner from Susan's I likewise take the whole lane

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  • john b.

    Still it would be nice if their were sharrows to indicate that I'm correct in riding this way. A lot of sidewalk-to-crosswalk-to-traffic-island cycling is done in this particular section. Though, I don't think painted hashings will convince those particular cyclists that it's much more dignified (and safer for all parties involved) to just drive a bike as you would a car.

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  • John B.

    Well, that's one of the difficult things about paint infrastructure - once you start, where do you stop? Should we put sharrows in all intersection lanes, at least the through ones? Maybe so. But as we've been discussing on another picture, what about turning cyclists? Should we also have sharrows in their appropriate lanes? At some point, it seems cyclists have to think for themselves anyway. Who's your audience? The cyclists who are are currently using the sidewalks and crosswalks? The non-cyclists or traffic-shy cyclists who claim they might try using bikes for transportation if they felt more protected? (That's usually the group used as justification for the infrastructure.) The semi-experienced cyclists who suspect taking the lane is best but would still like some validation in that belief? The motorists who are observing them? __ John Allen (author of Bicycling Street Smarts) likes to say that paint infrastructure is an attempt at a hardware solution to a software problem. The real problem being the abysmal lack of knowledge on the part of both motorists and many bicyclists about the best way to ride a bike in traffic, and the lack of cultural acceptance of the idea that bikes might dare hold up motor traffic for any length of time at all. The software solution is education, but that has many difficulties of its own, such as lack of motivation on the part of the potential students, and lack of funding for real marketing efforts. But as the discussion around the photos in this album is demonstrating, you'll never get away from the need for some level of education, no matter what you do with the infrastructure. (Make the infrastructure complicated enough in the attempt, then you've just got to educate people how to use the non-standard infrastructure!)

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  • john b.

    Maybe I just don't understand the mechanics of educating both the aloof driving public and the uninterested or fully to partly aware "lone wolf" sidewalk cyclists. What media would resonate with such an unteachable population? T.V. spots with harsh, easy to remember slogans such as those used to warn us of the severe penalties for drinking and driving or not buckling-up? "Click-It or Ticket!" "Three Feet or Dead Meat!"

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