Tuesday, December 06, 2005
This morning WILL news informed me that yes, there will be a "makeover" of Lincoln Avenue, though there are still concerns about the four foot shoulder that is a foot shy of what's recommended for bicyclists. WILL had somebody whose name is evading me talking about the surprise about bicyclists who "took over" the four-foot shoulder somewhere else. Excuuuuuse me for driving my bike on the road... trying not to be a knee-jerk cyclist, but if using the road is "taking it over," then you're showing your attitude that I'm invading your space, not simply trying to be another commuter getting to work. **IF** I can get you to recognize that I need a path to work as much as you do, and that roads can actually be paths for cars and bikes, then you're "taking over" in your car as much as I'm "taking over" on my bike. How 'bout we ride together? Like people in the same community?
To dream, perhaps...
Can't say I agree with Gary Cziko about the bus pullouts... Yes, we already contend with them. No, it ain't anything like safe, especially when busses will park with their four-way flashers on... and then pull out just before they turn them off.
That motorist talking about cyclists taking over is asinine. In C-U I can guarantee that almost all of his delays in traffic are caused by other motorists. If he's sitting at a traffic signal for 15 seconds, it's to let cross-traffic get by. When he hits the brakes on Prospect, it's because a motorist has stopped to make a left turn up ahead. When he's stuck in traffic on Mattis, it's because a tailgating motorist caused an accident. When he's stuck up in that mess on North Prospect, it's because there's more CAR traffic than the roads can handle.
BIKES ARE TRAFFIC.