Monday, June 9, 2014

Moms Are Infrastructure Watchdogs: N. 25th "Improvements"

Don't complain about new bike infrastructure they say? But how will it ever get better this mom says. 

We build city streets that fit mini-vans and SUVs (and even huge trucks, hello Ridge Ave & Washington Ave!), why don't we build bike lanes that allow space for cargo bikes? A few changes down the Art Museum area bike lanes have prompted this post. I was initially really excited to hear about improvements as that area could use a car diet but I feel like they are mediocre at best and certainly not best practice. 

This segment is about the N 25th street changes. I want to take some additional footage of the new Spring Garden Street changes as well but would prefer  to do so when not on cargo Bike as it feels too unsafe to enter that portion of EO with them. So expect a post in the hopefully near future. 

I feel the same way about sad bike lanes J.

I ride the Art Museum/Fairmount area a couple times of week, my kids attend classes in area, we go to the museums and use the city green space. I have finally got around to shooting with the GoPro when I felt it was safe enough (aka empty enough, Sunday afternoon) to use the new setup. Normally (see the picture below)  the tour buses take up a lot of room and the cars headed to Kelly Drive at higher then posted speeds make me too nervous to use the space as intended, "painted". I use the large adjacent sidewalk and crosswalk to get onto the path across the street. 

Also the allowance of right hooks is double exciting! Keep me guessing will I get pinched, rear ended or right hooked. 

The busses connect the Art Museum Buildings and other city attractions. 

**Note I cross on green >yellow and was smoothly able to turn and proceed across street on green. If I had to stop and start back up it would have taken me a couple of extra seconds more, if an impatient car/bus was behind me that can be very scary**

While watching this video I made note of two other "signage" issues. First the directional sign for bicycles is really far up the pole on the right side. I only noticed it now watching the video, not while biking. Also I only now noticed the "ENTER HERE" sign when crossing over onto the River Trail/sidewalk, it doesn't say entering for who. Now looking at it, I guess it means for bicyclists, but this entrance is also where tour buses and cars enter the Art Museum. If I was to cross and then make a wide slow right in front of them to enter the path I would be concerned about being hit from behind. Which by the way is the number 1 fatal car/bicycle crash.

I am sure someone is bound to tell me I am using the bike box wrong. However I am using my bike right and know how much radius and speed it needs to turn.



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