Bike to Work Day - and Safety for Bikers and Pedestrians as well
- on May 11, 2012
Bike to work day
Today was bike to work day throughout the United States. Unfortunately, my computer was down most of the day, but I'm going to put this up anyway because there are safety problems with riding bicycles in Lawrence. It doesn't matter what time of day or month it is. I don't think that children, especially, should ride their bikes on most city streets until more work is completed which makes the streets easier and safer to ride.
And nothing is better than to get outside, walking or riding, for a person's health.
The ideas below are some steps in that direction.
Don't get me wrong - Lawrence is better than many cities its size. But there is a way to go before biking becomes really safe.
First, let me share with you a ditty from San Francisco cyclists for today:
Notice the signs as well. The signs help alert motorists that bicycles are on this route.
There would be a perfect ride, with signs, around the perimeter of KU. With all the songwriters and talent in Lawrence, there must be people who could write songs for this town about the joy of bike riding here. I will await the first one to be posted here.
But now to more serious things. There are two things which I think could really improve bicycle riding in Lawrence. The first is green-painted bike lanes. The larger cities are starting to have them, and it really makes a difference.
Note the signs for bike routes:
This would get everyone out on bikes, and people would feel much safer at the same time.
LEDs buried in streets which the pedestrian (and in some cases the bicyclist) turns on when he or she wants to cross the street
Equally important - and perhaps I have missed them - but to my knowledge I have not seen any of the LEDs buried into the streets, which turn on with flashing lights when a person wishes to cross. They are more and more common in cities.
I think these two concepts, if made a part of the Lawrence biking (and walking) scene, would make a great difference.
Car drivers in particular, will have to be more careful. But in this day and age, bicyclists and pedestrians have as much a right of way as cars. For many car drivers, it is more than ever before "share the road" time.
Please see my previous blog on road sharing - scooters, bikes, pedestrians and cars:
and the RideLawrence.com web site:
Enjoy... but also call the Lawrence City Council to start having separate bike lanes painted in green, and flashing LED lights buried in the sidewalk. I can tell you from personal experience that these work.
It would mean far safer riding and walking, and many less accidents!