Three Days to Go…

13

May

Three Days to Go…

We are just three days away from the 2009 Bike to Work festivities and the word on the street is, what little bicycle infrastructure we have, isn’t ready:

Overall the commute was better than it had been for the last few years. I have ridden to work very little since the I-195 path closure. It was OK until I got to the bike specific accommodations. Two days before “Bike to Work Day” and the bike lane for commuters south of the city is in terrible shape. I hope it gets swept soon, it is a shame to build these facilities and then let them deteriorate.

The bicycle specific infrastructure being referred to in this email excerpt is Allens Ave.  I’ll certainly see what I can do to make some noise over the next couple of days to see if this can’t get swept before Friday, but I’m not holding my breath.  If you have some free time, I’d encourage you to contact the RIDOT Maintenance Division (222-2378).

UPDATE as of the commute home:

It looks like the efforts of the Prov. Bike Coalition and Bike to Brown got at least the north bound side of Allens Ave. swept.

Clear sailing on the way home.

If the other side isn’t already swept, hopefully, it will be by the end of day tomorrow.  Thanks to RIDOT for getting out to deal with this today!

5 thoughts on - Three Days to Go…

  • Matt
    May 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I have a great pic I took on Sunday showing a car's brake pad sitting atop one of the windswept sand dunes of the Allens Ave bike lane. I'd love to share if you're interested in posting it, send me e-mail.

    So ironic as the DPW street sweeper truck depot is right there on Allens Ave!

    When I ride Allens Ave I stay about 2 feet into the right hand travel lane. I'm convinced that per RI Law § 31-19-6, I am indeed riding as far to the right as practicable… Riding in sand dunes & among scrap metal just to be in the bike lane is insane.

  • Dennis
    May 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I rode on that "bike path" a few days ago. I appreciate the nod to bike travel, but the sandbars make the bike lane unusable. The Oil Truck and folks parked in the "bike lane" didn't help either, but I do appreciate the wide road. Still, I figure that the more I ride out there the more people will get used to seeing bicycles on the road.

  • Alan Barta
    May 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

    State intermodal chief took photos of bike lane cracks and debris there a year ago. No improvement since. This is Rt-1 under state control, not municipal DPW.

    At least the sandbars somewhat cover the RR tracks in spots. Take Eddy Street instead, but be careful going by hospital and its adjacent underpass (pothole city).

  • May 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Latest update

    It looks like the efforts of the Prov. Bike Coalition and Bike to Brown got at least the north bound side of Allens Ave. swept.

    Clear sailing on the way home.

    If the other side isn't swept yet, hopefully, it will be by the end of day tomorrow. Thanks goes to RIDOT for getting a crew out there today!

  • Alan Barta
    May 18, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Since road like-named Allens Avenue figuring it would be clean for the first time in years. Not.

    Still a lot of loose sharp gravel. It probably is impossible to keep it clean for more than a day, since it has always been a construction (asphalt loading, dumping, road sanding, steel recycling) corridor.

    Is there any reason you have a bike lane that suddenly disappears at the intersection of Allens and Eddy? It's just the way they painted it.

    Is there any reason you couldn't make a completely separate cycling facility that hugs the shoreline? Boston and New York have them, well appreciated by residents and tourists alike. And it would tie the J&W campuses together, instead of busses. All bike paths ought to tie school campuses together, not just trace abandoned railbeds.