Most of the Detour Signs are Up!



bikeway detour 1We are pleased to announce that James Toomey, of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, worked with the various towns last week to get the majority of detour signs posted.  These signs will guide cyclists trying to find their way around the closed Washington Bridge, between the North end of the East Bay Bike Path and the South end of the Blackstone Bike Path.

A work order has been created with RIDOT to post the remaining last few signs on the Henderson Bridge, so we hope to see those last few signs up in the next couple of weeks.

James should be congratulated for his tireless efforts to get these signs posted!   If anyone thinks it would be simple to just post a few signs during a major construction project, I encourage you to talk with James and find out just how much work it takes.  In particular, I think James should be congratulated for the great informational sign posted at either end of the tour, letting cyclists know what to look for along the way.

Here is a quick collage of some signs you will now see along the route:

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  • Labann
    May 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Bad news: Henderson eats tires!
    Good news: Geowash bikeway making good progress.

    Best news: Serious series of broadcasts on NPR radio morning edition this week with calls for email commentary on cycling in Boston. Interesting opinions and points being made, but the science is suspect. When you poll opinion among motorists, of course they are going to condemn anything that they perceive restricts speed. On the other hand, supplanting more cars with bikes minimizes bulk of traffic comprised of personal vehicles with single occupant. Boston has 60 miles of new bike lanes in an area not bigger than Providence. Providence has 10% of that with a few sharrows tossed down.

  • Mark Dieterich
    May 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Do you happen to remember what segment of NPR had the story? I'd love to track down a link to the online version.

      • Mark Dieterich
        May 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

        Perfect, thanks Dante!

  • barry
    May 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Emily Rooney's program Greater Boston, 7pm on channel 2 is discussing auto/bike/ped issues in Boston all week this week

  • Labann
    May 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Also on Morning Edition, around 7:15 AM, 89.5 FM. Each segment is different, but all about 5 minutes. It's the most bold (read "in your face") bicycling coverage I've heard in a decade outside college indie radio, like BSR, upon which, ahem, I was interviewed in studio 3 times. My conclusion is that disrespect, lack of infrastructure, poor maintenance, stolen shoulders, and whatnot cyclists face all boil down to the collapse of the social contract which sacrifices lives for profits. But you'll never hear them say so.

    Boston's daytime congestion is horrific. It's faster to ride than drive much of the time. Bikes make living close possible.

  • Labann
    May 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    What seems to be missing are analyses and conclusions. Newscasters are loathe to be anything but strictly objective, as if that's even possible, at least give a perception of it. Glad they outright said that motorists must ALWAYS YIELD to bicyclists, which is part and parcel to all traffic code.

    They reveled that over 150,000 times new license applicants have been given questions about sharing roads with vulnerable users including cyclists, but only 75% gave correct answers. That sounds about right. The 80/20 rule rules. It's the 20% of lunkheads that endanger and inconvenience everyone with senseless impatience, risk taking, and road rage. Letting them drive is why cyclists need own infrastructure improvements. Have always contended the cheapest cure is license denial, revocation and suspension, likewise registrations for vehicles kept in substandard repair.

  • barry
    May 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I agree with Labann that tightening license requirement is a good idea for roadway safety, but there seems to be insufficient penalties for driving without a valid license. For example, recently a 6 year old boy was killed by a driver without a license (also here illegally) with little mention of any penalties. Perhas in such cases the vehicle needs to be impounded, at least for a while.

  • Labann
    May 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Absolutely, Barry. Denial, revocation and suspension are only the first line of defense. Need tougher penalties (community service, fines, impounding, plate surrender during registration suspensions… not in favor of just collecting revenue from scofflaws) against distracted driving (calling, reading, texting, watching television… actually saw a van with a small tv bolted to dashboard), and other offenses (driving in bike/breakdown lane, driving to endanger), plus victim restitution (replacement value of my roadbike would exceed $5k, but prorated for time spent using it wouldn't be excessive).

    And it's not only cyclists, although history here shows that not one motorist was indicted after killing 8 of them in this state. That guy in Scituate killed a mother of 6 after several suspensions and ultimate revocation, and judge wanted to restore his "privilege" to operate. No way. Let him move to an apartment on a bus line. You don't need an driver's license to be gainfully employed, or, if you do, you'd be wise to drive especially carefully.

  • Labann
    May 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

    If you watched the Emily Rooney show (which parallels the NPR broadcast), the Boston lawyer spelled it out plainly… cyclists are entitled to use all of the lane (left and right). If anything, timid cyclists who hug curbs are not only a bad example but they're harder to see by motorists. You must be aware of staying in sight lines, not suddenly popping out of nowhere.