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I ride on the sidewalks down 6th street because I know as a motorist that a cyclist can be dangerous during rush hour or just about any hour on that road (Highway).
Last week I had a fella tell me to get off the sidewalk (along west 6th), after trying to notify him first at a distance and then within 4 feet that I was on his right (he was already hugging the left with his lead pulling pooch).
I was ticked that he would tell me to get off the sidewalk. I tried to be responsible and not go too fast, notify twice, and yet it still wasn't enough for me to have the right to stay out of 50 mile an hour traffic for him.
Should the city have installed bike lanes when they just widened the road? Hell yes! But even though they didn't, I still have a right to commute safely, and If I were a member of this particular man's family I assure you he wouldn't be so flippant with my well-being.
6th street is a major cross town road and many of us need to access it twice a day, Some courtesy would be nice from both motorist and pedestrians, I promise I will lend you the same courtesy on and off my bicycle.
Actual bike lanes would pretty much eliminate all of the complaints here.
A bike lane cuts down on bicycles on the sidewalk (with the exception of children, who are often told to stay on sidewalks). Bike lanes would prevent bicycles "hogging" the lane and it would clearly define how the road should be shared for both cars and bikes.
If stop signs are truly that big of a problem, they could even add a painted picture of a red stop sign on the actual bike lane - signalling to the bicyclist that they truly are required to stop. Although, I've personally never witnessed a cyclist over the age of 16 or so break the law in that way.
I think that bike lanes should be added every time the City of Lawrence starts construction on a major street.
All of the existing multi-use paths need to be linked up to form a coherent system.
Interesting that bike ridership in Lawrence is below other college towns.
I can see big rig trucker's peddeling a three wheeled bike hauling 20,000 lbs of new bicycles to sunflower bike shop. Or someother over the road trucker riding a bike at 3 MPH to deliver the goods.
For openers more infrastructure. Mike Myers has an excellent design the city should approve and construct.
Bike trails from all sides of town connecting with each other to promote "commuting". Whether it be for shopping,work or socializing
If equal amounts of tax dollars were applied developing bike trails and sidewalks
as is applied to fossil fuel travel Lawrence would be the most visited walkable/biking community on the planet.
Day/Night biking education. During the day dress to be seen as dark colors blend with the surroundings across the board. Night driving use those flashing lights front and back. I call this teamwork.
Why dress to be seen and use lights at night? Fossil fuel vehicles have many blind spots whereas bicycles may have none. We cyclists can see and hear well
but fossil fuel vehicles simply do not have that.
It's a bit frightening to come upon a pedestrian or cyclists that cannot be seen well day or night.
Fossil fuel vehicles are the most expensive tax dollar budget items in every community. Note how many new road and resurfacing projects take place virtually nonstop. Plus high dollar traffic signals.
Add in law enforcement and traffic accidents we're talking very big bucks.
How many thousands of dollars a year does anyone think are spent just for owning a large fossil fuel vehicle? It's stunning.....from my perspective as an owner of such. Gasoline is the largest expense by far and away.
Its interesting how many gashog drivers sucking the world dry of their children's fuel seem to think that a bicycle that doesn't come to a complete stop at a stop sign is the most serious crime on the streets. First, I agree. Bicyclists and erveryone else should stop at stop signs. However, in their defense, many of the racer types are actually clipped into their pedals and stopping completely is a fairly complicated procedure. Second, the very cars that seem so offended at the bikes running a stop sign cruise through the same sign at 5 mph, usually a lot faster than the bike. Third, a bicyclist is not in a sound proof box with a cell phone, radio and talkative passengers, so they are actually paying attention to who is coming. Finally, if a bicylcist screws up they die; if a car/pickup driver screws up the bicylcist dies. Same outcome either way. So, as Credence Clearwater said: "Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself".
In the civilized world, (most of the US, Europe and much of the rest of the world), bicycles are given favored status. In contrast, in Kansas, we are always looking for a reason to get them off the road. Eventually, I expect civilization will reach even this remote outpost, despite the insular and unfriendly local rulers.
Further I would add. When Riding a bicycle on a side walk. Please operate it at a reasonalbe speed when pedestrian's are visible. Too often, a bike rider will be going to fast when passing a walker and nearly hit them. They should call out when passing someone, on your right/ left.
Education of the rules of proper bicycle riding on public streets. Or require a liscence to operate a bicycle. Enforcement of stop signs, enforcement of following traffic rules. Too often I see a bike rider passing cars on the right on Mass street. One of these days someone is going to pass a stopped vehicle and smack into the rear of a car backing out. Driving a car already requires the driver to meet certain skill and criteria. I would like to see bike riders held to the same standards on public streets.
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