Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What the heck are "Bike boxes", "Road diets", "Bike-ped","Contra-flows" , "bicycle boulevards" & "Complete streets"


Register guard--

It is the "Oregon bicycle and pedestrian plan" which is a state issued book on how roads and paths could be improved for cyclists and walkers who want to get around without their cars.

The "complete street" concept has been inspired by Eugene cycling advocates Paul Moore to include the concept of "muscle powered transportation" and to point out the cycling trouble spots which could be fixed or some ideas and standards in the states "bike-ped" plan

Eugene bicyclist correlation member Webb Sussman and Moore recently took a trip up High Street at 7th Ave to point out a worn out painted line of a "bike box" (pictured) at the intersection which is a designated area were cyclists may make their way from left to right side bike path. [I thought that's what crosswalks were for]
"Contra-flow" are streets such as 19th and Alder, or bike lanes that allow light traffic in both directions on a one-way street.

"Bicycle boulevards" are areas that include barriers to keep cars out.

A "Road diet" is a reconfiguration that would reconfigure a street from two-car lanes in each direction, to one lane each way, which would create space for bike lanes. The downside of a "Road diet" could mean eliminating the number of driveways and on street parking.
besides being another attempt to "get you out of your car", some of the suggestions like the "bike box" in my opinion is stupid and dangerous.
The "bike box" or other words known as "the advance stop line" consists of two lines at a traffic light. The first line is for motor vehicles. The second line, which is closer to the intersection, is for bicycles. On a red light, this allows bicyclists to overtake the waiting motor vehicles and cut in front of them.
" The "bike box" allows bicyclists to go to the head of the line and so, on casual observation, it appears to advance the status of bicyclists over that of motorists. Not only do bicyclists get to go to the head of the line but also, motorists must wait in line behind the bicyclists.{John Allen's bicycle facilities, laws and programs }-- "

Think about everyday driving downtown, and you can just picture just how dangerous this concept is.
{image courtesy of John Allen's bicycle facilities, laws and programs }

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best ways to reduce our depending heavily on imported oil is to reduce our use of it. The idea behind encouraging bike use, or other than car use, is to do just that - STOP USING FOREIGN OIL - IT IS NOT WORTH AMERICAN LIVES!
Love your car all you want, just remember what its cost TRUELY is.

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