COMMENT OF THE DAY: HOUSTON’S NEW BIKE PLAN IS JUST A PLAN “The plan is really just a recommendation of where to put lanes. The decision of actually putting in the bike lanes in a given spot will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, mainly as roads are rebuilt. Most of the money can come from TxDOT, TIGER, TIRZs, etc. It’s much easier to get that funding if you have a plan already in place. An example: Maybe your local CIP project involves tearing up a road and replacing it. Instead of repainting the road with the old 12-ft. wide lanes, maybe make them a reasonable 10-ft. wide and spray in a line for a bike lane. That’s a cheap addition to a project that doesn’t involve a lot of overhead that would normally come from a separate project to put in a new bike lane somewhere.” [Biker, commenting on Houston Bike Plan Up for a Vote Again This Morning Amid More California-ization Fears] Illustration: Lulu
Oh, you’re going to get the money from the tirz’s are you? Are these the same tirz’s giving a stiff arm to flood infrastrure requests? I’m sure they care a lot about your bicycles.
There’s even a more simple plan: make the right lane 12′ (or more) and the left lane 10′. Don’t stripe new bike lanes or overly alter existing regulations. Don’t plan. Don’t get approvals. Don’t p/o motorists with the silly bike lanes that bikers fear and never use. We just need a little extra space for cars to pass us by. And: motorists will like having busses and other heavy vehicles in the larger right-lane, too… you don’t even need signage.
Chris M(2): Bikes need 6 feet. We need 3 feet from the curb to get around the gravel, water and broken pavement, and another 3 feet from the cars for safe passing. A 12 foot lane isn’t wide enough for a car and a bike.
Memebag- No you don’t.
No amount of paint will protect you from someone whose only purpose to drive is to get to/from their destination in as rapid a time as possible.
we need this: http://www.stalbertgazette.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GR&Date=20130414&Category=SAG0801&ArtNo=304139989&Ref=EP&NewTbl=1&item=4
Thank you Chris. Good counterpoint about the trash near the curb- if there is one.