middle of the road.



road plan haiku

this plan gives me pause

some things better on paper

may not go as planned.



“the middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.”

-robert frost

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  1. Agreed, Beth. They recently put new bike paths on Syracuse’s busiest boulevard. When I drove my car on it the first time I feared large collisions with cyclists with no drivers understanding about the right of way.

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  2. So true that some things look better on paper. In reality this kind of bike lane is a suggestion and reminds cars that there might be bikes around. I suppose it’s a step in the right direction.

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  4. I shuddered when I saw the diagramme and flinched as I read the “how to”. Nope, nope, nope.
    Here, in Montreal, we have a designated bike lane on many many streets, either on the south side or the west side (usually). No sharing of space with the cars!

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  5. Hmm, if the intention is to get fewer people driving, then mission accomplished. There are enough things already to concentrate on when I’m driving that I wouldn’t want another thing to factor in.

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  6. This is nuts. I’ve seen a lot of crazy bike accommodations in Greater Denver, but every one of them gives cyclists a lane of their own, usually by stealing some width from existing car lanes and, on a street near me, dangerously narrowing lanes of 45 mph traffic. I’m not confident that mere painted stripes protect those cyclists. And the other day I saw a big fire truck that had to hang a few inches over the line just to sit in the turn lane.

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  7. Quite a few of our roads are like this too. The reason over here is that you cannot make room for a separate bike lane. So they get a lane in the road and the cars have to drive behind them in case they cannot pass by. It gives the bikes a reserved space at least.

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