Friday, September 6, 2013

Bike Lanes from the Far Side

Where the buffer lanes are now, used to be a door zone bike lane. Cars have parked along here for years.

Approaching the parked cars and the buffer lane, he* checks for traffic...

...crosses the buffer lane...

...and takes the only available lane. Excellent. I will do exactly the same.

This is one of the stretches I mentioned in "Paint that makes you go hmmm" because, as I expected, and unless something else changes, this is utterly incoherent for everyone trying to use this stretch: residents who have parked here for years, drivers driving, cyclists riding here, pedestrians (ha! figure that out! by law, you are walking the direction I am facing), law enforcement that never shows up to try to make sense of it, and we taxpayers who financed it. Communication regarding required lane positioning via paint only makes sense if it is backed up with coherent practice so that, foremost, those supposedly on the receiving end of the symbolic direction understand what to do. Because, obviously, confusing symbolic direction is worse than none at all. Similar to that old "Far Side" cartoon with the kid pushing on the door into the School for the Gifted with a PULL TO OPEN sign: something is just not jiving between the intention of the signs and the practice of the users.

*thank you anonymous rider guy for showing up at the perfect moment for these shots 


  1. That is pretty badly thought through. I guess of some cyclists only see 'infrastructure' like this, it isn't a suprise that they don't support it.
    Why don't the powers that be look at what works (Netherlands, Copenhagen and Germany) and do that?

    1. I would like to ask what the intent was here, and if whatever was intended was accomplished, and if they knew it wouldn't be accomplished, why do it?


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