Wednesday, June 25, 2008
They've started trench-edging along a local, very popular, mult-purpose trail. The purpose of the flush concrete curb was to eliminate the need for edging (and to keep the grass from eating away at the asphalt, which it does).
If a road-bike cyclist had to make an emergency maneuver, the possibility of getting one or both wheels caught in this trench is high, and a resulting serious accident is certain.
It looks nice and neat, but like too many of the features of bicycle facilities run by park and recreation departments nationwide, aesthetics take precedence over safety.
Those tires, btw, are rather generous 700x28 Continentals. They aren't skinny, as road bike tires go.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This horrifying photo is of a car crashing head-on into a peloton of cyclists. At least one cyclist was killed. The driver of the car was drunk.
The safety flex-posts that were installed on the bike trail/lane on Mockingbird Lane were constantly being knocked down by motorists (often drunk) as they drove into the trail/lane. A tragedy like the one above was waiting to happen. It was only a matter of time.
Recently, a dedicated, well-meaning, cycling advocate complained again about that trail/lane being removed (replaced by a new mile long trail and a 12' wide, 900 ft long bike/ped bridge... the same length and width of the lane it replaced).
This is why.
More info here.