Thursday, November 13, 2008
Friday's Bike Lane Follies.
More Manhattan bike lanes, clearly exhibiting the lack of foresight politically-motivated bicycle transportation facilities typically display.
An overview of what we are looking at:
1) One Way street in Manhattan. One travel lane was removed, and replaced with two bike lanes. Notice the motor vehicles stacked in queue (thereby adding to the emissions of unburned hydro-carbons), and the absence of bicycles (the photographer's bicycle is parked to the left).
2) The empty Bike Boxes.
3) The Stop Bars for the motor vehicles (all of which have been crossed to varying degrees by motor vehicles hoping to see crossing traffic).
Question: When you pull up to an intersection with visual obstructions (see the Dodge van?), do you pull past the stop bar so you can see crossing traffic before you proceed under green?
Observation: The Bike Boxes create a situation where a vehicle operator (motorized or other) might be unable to see another vehicle approaching from the side street, creating a dangerous hazard. When you suspend proven design techniques to accommodate a fad of fashion, you too often put people's lives at risk.