Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Check Out My Guest Post on Blooming Rock!

Please have a look at my guest post over on Blooming Rock: Phoenix, State of the Ride 2010: From Soleri to CVS


  1. I'm impressed! Particularly noteworthy were some of the enhancements to your previous post on the subject that made it a worthy read all over again - kind of like an all-new edition of a valued reference. Will mere mortals still be allowed to visit here?

  2. Steve, thanks! Mere mortals are welcome, although it helps if they bring a bike.

  3. Very impressive article.

    We have similar problems here. Bicycle infrastructure always seems to be an afterthought in the UK. It is slowly starting to change but it depends very much on which area you live in.
    We have the cycle routes that are badly signed and just suddenly stop as well as some cycle lanes that have a lamppost or sign slap in the middle of it and even some that are only about 30 feet in length and seem to serve no useful purpose.

  4. Very nicely written. Hopefully some of the folks who manage the trail will make some needed improvements.

    The plus side is planners from other places will put more thought into their trail designs.

  5. Trevor, I've seen on some blogs, like ibikelondon, examples of the lamppost in the middle of a lane, as well as the super-short runs, and I just shook my head as I'm sure you do. And I don't think my examples in these posts are that bad, in fact, they are generally quite good to ride in while you are in them. But your examples and mine do share a common trait: they do not appear to be elements of a coherent, connected, and intelligible plan, but rather one-off projects, not intended for transport or increasing overall cycling, but for some other purpose.

    Big Oak, thank you, and as I mentioned, I am confident that if the same level of planning and design that was behind the "pick up your dog crap" signage was applied to pedestrian/cycling in the same consistent and systematic way, most or all of the issues I mentioned could be readily addressed.


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