Life in the bike lane

Both Champaign and Urbana have made progress in adding bicycle infrastructure.   However, “having infrastructure” so you can say you have it is not the same as making sure that you’ve got a safe, efficient route for bicyclists to use. Case in point: the “bike lane” here. Design-wise it should probably be a sharrow in the first place… having a dumpster and a pod jutting into it for months at a time, as well as asphalting the nasty cliff where they’re paving the intersection for the auto lane but not the bike lane, says that “bike friendly” only goes so far… but actually, now we *all* get to do the edge thing (I think only for another day or so).   Yesterday morning the car beside me slowed to my speed to eke over the nasty sharp edge.  Hey, if all cars had to slow down that much, that might not be a bad thing.

Typical morning traffic

 

Ain't nothin' like the door zone, baby, ain't nothin' like the door zone...

 

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2 responses to “Life in the bike lane

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  2. Andy in Germany

    ““having infrastructure” so you can say you have it is not the same as making sure that you’ve got a safe, efficient route for bicyclists to use.”

    You said it, and you can tell the intention by the design of the lane. These in the photo are what give cycle infrastructure an bad name, and I’m sure they’re part of why so many cyclists don’t want bike lanes.

    The lack of understanding on the part of drivers about door zones is also a case in point: I frequently get bad mouthed by drivers for being ‘in the way’ because I refuse to hug against the cars alongside me.

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