Monday, April 26, 2010

How far we've fallen...

The cycling spirit was certainly in fine fettle in Great Britain, circa 1955, as seen in these wonderful video clips. Beer en route! Bike cars on the train! Check out the nifty bikes, not to mention the fun clothes...

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

BUUD Alert #4

This is Bicycle-Unfriendly Urban Design (BUUD) alert #4!

Portola Road (Westbound) at Farm Rd., Portola Valley CA

Bike lane squeezes from usable width (4 ft?) to zero width, entering left-hand corner at bottom of hill, on a route popular with groups of cyclists and known for the local population being intolerant of cyclists using the lane... this recent re-striping (not visible in Google Maps as of this writing) seems designed to provoke bicycle-car conflict. Given the amount of bike traffic this route ("The Loop") gets, and the consistently wide shoulder everywhere else, this re-striping is ill conceived.

It appears that the re-striping was performed to accommodate the addition of a left-turn lane.

Solution: Put it back the way it was, let the cars wait a moment to get around those who must turn left.

I'll post some photos next time I'm out that way.

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