What if Roads Were Treated Like Cycle Lanes?



What if Roads Were Treated Like Cycle Lanes?

Source: http://images.greatergreaterwashington.org/images/201101/15trucksbad1.jpg

Source: http://images.greatergreaterwashington.org/images/201101/15trucksbad1.jpgWhat if roadways were treated with the same “respect” as bicycle and pedestrian facilities?  This is exactly the question The London Cycling Campaign is asking on a recent blog post.  I do encourage everyone to have a look at the images they posted, none of them will likely shock you.  I’m sure we all have such examples around here, please feel free to forward them our way, with a description of where they are, and we will see if we can’t put together or own little collage.

It did get me to thinking though.  What is it about us cyclists that we are willing to put up with such treatment?  If motorists were treated in a similar manner, how would they react?

I was riding home along the East Bay Bike Path last week, ducking under low hanging branches.  After about the second one, I thought to myself… I should bring some pruners next time I ride along here, so I can cut back this brush.  Then I had the exact same thought as the LCC page is asking, how would motorists react to the same situation?  Would they take matters into their own hands, bring the chain saw to cut down the branch affecting their driving or would they call someone from DOT and demand that it be fixed?  I’m guessing the latter.  If this is the case, what’s the difference?  Am I the only one who would think of trimming back brush?


  • MattMoritz
    Jul 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I don't think you are the only one Mark. Labann has commented several times about going out with marking paint to highlight root damage and frost heaves, I've certainly done the same thing on trails and street routes I use. About half the time when I head north someone comments on putting some flourescent paint on the pipe sticking out of the ground in the shadow of the underpass just north of Riverside square, and at Monday's meeting, in talking about the Henderson bridge sidewalks, a couple was talking about bringing brooms and pruners to clear ivy and debris from the sidewalk that they now use to cross over to Providence. I think it highlights a couple of things:

    1) Cyclists tend to be a bit more independent and self-sufficient, willing to fix small issues on their own
    2) a common expectation that even if a complaint is lodged, it won't be addressed in a timely way, if ever

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I think that most of the people need help from others in a social matter. Nobody comes forward to solve these types of issues by themselves.

  • Labann
    Nov 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I assure you, no. When I used bike paths, I routinely carried pruning shears and moved downed branches. Only felled trees would get me to speed dial city DPW.

  • Labann
    Nov 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    BTW: I would encourage groups to form alongside BPs and nuture wildflowers , which become food for migratory and song birds. I saw my first Eastern bluebird on Blackstone Bikeway. I have participated in mass planting volunteer efforts