Saturday, May 15, 2010
When Bike Pandering Turns Bike Dangerous
photos by P.M. Summer
LOCATION: Richardson, Texas.
CROSS-SECTION: 21' curbface to curbface, with a 10' inside automobile lane, and an 11' outside automobile parking/right turn/bike lane.
USAGE FOR BICYCLISTS: Mandatory... according to the Texas Vehicle Code, Sec. 551.103, (a)(4)(A), Operation on Roadway.
INTENT: Neighborhood traffic calming... and keeping bicycles out of the way of the newly calmed neighborhood traffic.
COMPLIANCE WITH TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING GUIDES: Zero.
POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICTS RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURY: High.
BIKE FRIENDLINESS: Considered high as well, by those more interested in symbolic gestures than in actual results.