Here are some photos of bicycle facilities in downtown Chicago from July 2014.
1. 2-way cycle track on Dearborn (looking south) at Madison, Chicago Loop
This cycletrack has narrow lanes, a special hazard to contra-flow (SB) cyclists, who are next to the sidewalk. It would be safer to have a buffer between the sidewalk and the track instead of next to the parking/turn lane.
Dearborn is a 1-way street with 2-way cycle lanes. Note how narrow the lanes are. Does this meet design standards? There is also a falling hazard from the curb and a hazard from pedestrians stepping off the curb without looking because no moving cars are in that lane. Continue reading
Here are some photos of bicycle facilities in New Haven and Albany from June 2014.
1. Elm St. at Temple looking E, New Haven, CT
This bike lane is a “coffin corner”, to the right of a straight through/right turn lane.
In my new hometown of Prescott, Arizona, I’ve gone exploring looking for good and bad places to ride my bicycle.
I found a really bad place: a narrow bike lane on a hilly multi-lane road, Willow Creek Road. The bike lane confines cyclists to their own little ghetto while traffic rushes by, inches from the left elbow. There are many intersections which invite right hook collisions and collisions from poor sight lines. A steep downhill run just ahead allows cyclists to coast upwards of 40 mph, at which speed one should not be occupying a narrow bike lane, next to motorists who are ignoring you. Continue reading
Here, in its entirety, is what LAB posted on its website on January 17, 2014, regarding its emphasis for at least the near-term future. Bill Hoffman’s comments follow.
LAB is no longer a membership organization; it’s a lobbying group that happens to have members.
A new bicycling education and advocacy organization “I Am Traffic” held a colloquium in Feb. 23-24 Orlando. You can watch some of the presentations and read some really good educational material from the website.
The keynote speaker was Keri Caffrey who talked about How to Achieve the Vision for a culture that supports successful behavior.
I Am Traffic, a web resource put together by the Cycling Saavy folks, is up and running. This is a product of the group that’s meeting in February in Orlando to create a new, national bicycle education organization. The CyclingSavvy folks are the main drivers. More details to come. check with Keri Caffrey and Mighk Wilson. Meanwhile, check out the link.
Let’s start with what should be the obvious problems — riding on the wrong side of the road [note 1], no lights at night [note 2], flagrant traffic violations like running red lights and riding on sidewalks. These are best addressed with education, teaching people that bicycles are really vehicles that must be operated according to the standard Rules of the Road.
Unfortunately, most “bike safety education” is done so poorly that many people think it is safer to ride on sidewalks or wrong way and that flouting traffic laws makes little difference. Sometimes we even hear of police encouraging bad practices. Continue reading
On Nov. 16, 2012, I had occasion to try the cycletrack on 15th St. NW in Washington, DC. The track is in two parts. The southern part, about 3 blocks long, runs on the west side of 15th between Pennsylvania Ave./E St. and New York Ave., alongside the US Treasury Department. At New York a cyclist can turn west on the former part of Pennsylvania Ave. that passes directly in front of the White House, where the street has been converted to a non-motorized plaza for security reasons. Cyclists can ride there in order to reach streets to the west, including 17th and the continuation of Pennsylvania toward the northwest.
Does this cycletrack improve cyclist safety?
Clearly, no. By its very nature, it cannot.
A couple years ago, I was riding to the local “Homeless Depot” store on a Sunday around noon. I had to pass a local mega church that had a police officer directing traffic out of a parking lot to my left. The officer was standing in the center turn lane. As I approached, I could see the end of the line of exiting cars, so I slowed in order to avoid stopping. I timed it well — as I drew up to the officer, he signaled me to proceed. Continue reading