Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Year of Living Draingerously


Oh, the Lafayette bike lane is closed, I wonder for how long...

Whoa there! A year? Is that an actual year, or a project plan year (approx)?


It's intended to control floods. The Lafayette Interceptor drain and outlet project, IMBL! Stay tuned for exhaustive coverage of this ongoing project here, for the Year (approx) of Living Draingerously! Will the bike lane really be closed the whole time? Will I have to seek alternate routes to ride? Is it finally time to go full cyclocross and just take the canal the whole way? What will all that canal dust do to my chain and other parts? 

OK, no actual concerns. Should be no problem. Just in case, though, I now have the hotline number. I actually appreciate the "Approx." since it's a clearer indication that these things take time, and that time is not always precisely knowable, until you come to know what you don't know when you put the sign up. Approx.
 

4 comments:

  1. Wouldn't it be simplest to just ride in the main traffic lane? If any motorists get snippy, simply point at the flags and signs. Should the motorist yell, simply reply with the hotline number.

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    1. Perhaps. At this point, only the constructors know the plans, for the plans will determine what gets torn up, where the steel trench plates and barricades will run. Also up to the individuals driving and riding through the zone, since only we can determine our behavior under the influence of change, bright orange flags, and narrow traffic lanes.

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  2. um... ride in the traffic lane like the rest of us???? two days a week i need to be at exeter/invergordon at 0530 and I used to take lafayette. I've been using Indian School to 48th and riding through the dirt, or when that is muddy I'll go to 56th and then head north... the Lafayette closure is really a non issue.

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    1. This was written in August before the work started, remember. Other than the torn up spots with the uneven asphalt it turned out to be little or no issue at all. In fact it's pretty nice, because cars aren't going through Lafayette/Arcadia but bikes and peds still do, so it's pretty quiet for those two blocks.

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