Thursday, August 23, 2007
Frisco, Texas has installed a "bike lane".
It's just on one side of the road, it's just 2 - 3 ft. wide, and it's bi-directional... are you bike-lane advocates happy now?
Let me disassemble this a bit. This "design" is not found in the AASHTO Guide or the MUTCD. The dashed line indicates that it is permeable (cars can move into it), and it's not really "puppy tracks", but "buttons", which can deflect a bicycle wheel, causing a crash (especially children).
Some cyclists are told to ride the wrong direction (against traffic flow). Should two cyclists meet going in opposite directions, the cyclist going against traffic would be forced INTO the on-coming traffic lane, while the cyclist going WITH traffic would be forced into the ditch. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Worse, it is a tragedy waiting to happen, for which their will be no corporate veil of protection for the City of Frisco. A clear case of negligence, bordering on the criminal.
Is it really supposed to be an on-street sidewalk?
Had Frisco painted the dashed line on BOTH sides of the street (without arrows), it would have served well as a marked shoulder. The narrower travel lanes would have reduced vehicle speeds (although on this low volume, neighborhood street, that doesn't seem to be a problem).
Not even "magic paint" can save them.