I came in via the Henderson Bridge this morning and noticed there are now bike lane signs. Unfortunately, there is no sign of the actual bike lane! I applaud RIDOT for their attention to bicycles, this bridge has plenty of room to add bicycle lanes.
While I’m certainly glad to see the signs, I’m once again concerned about the coordination of the various aspects of this project. The signs are posted, but when is the actual striping going to happen? If the signs are up, without any re-striping being done, drivers are just going to get used to ignoring the signs. This negates any effect we could hope to achieve with the signage.
UPDATE: I received a response from RIDOT. Apparently, the striping contract has been slightly delayed because of recent rain. The current estimate is they will begin grinding out the old striping on Wednesday, Oct. 21st with striping to immediately to follow. If all goes as planned, we should have bike lanes on the Henderson Bridge by Wednesday, Oct. 28th.