An easy path to more bicycle lanes?
Creating bike lanes
Guest post by Henry Morgenstein
Before I air this on WNMC, I wondered if any of you on MyWHaT have any comments, any useful additions. Thanks! Henry
It will take me awhile to get to my point, but my point is that at no cost to us whatsoever — let me repeat — at no cost whatsoever to any of us, we could create dozens & dozens of miles of bicycle lanes in town. Bear with me for a second.
I’ve always been against making any street a one-way-for-cars. Long ago I learned that making any street one way rather than two ways increases the number of cars traveling on the street, increases the speed of cars, increases the number of accidents on the street.
Such would be the case if we made Union & Cass one way streets — but seventh & eighth street are one way, and State street is one way — and yet these are lightly traveled streets, streets where cars are not speeding — most obviously because of the frequent stop signs..
Please envision seventh street along with me. There is one lane for cars to park, and there are two lanes for cars to drive along. Two lanes? Do cars, inside our small town, need a passing lane? Why then two lanes devoted to moving cars. What a waste of space.
Instant solution, instant bike lanes. All one way streets in town: One lane, parked cars; One lane moving cars, One lane two-way bicycle lane.
Many city streets are more than thirty feet wide: 8 feet for parking twelve to fourteen feet for car travel — that leaves more than eight feet for a bicycle lane.
What wonderful wide bike lanes you would have traverse City — and how very many of them you would have Traverse City.
I said it would cost us nothing. Well, we would have to paint lines & put up a sign or two saying — for bicycles only.
How much would that cost? I have a sneaking suspicion the bicycle community would volunteer to do it, or chip in to pay for it.
Those would be terrific, wide, welcoming, bicycle lanes — and they are bicycle lanes that are easy to plow in the winter because they are part of the city street!
We need bicycle lanes. We do not need two car lanes for cars to zip past each other in our town. Time to make room for us bicyclists. We deserve our share of the road.
We can be generous to all uses. Cars will still own more than two-thirds of the road — to park, and to drive. But finally — and it is long overdue, one-third of the road will be for transport that is not motorized.
What do you think?
- What’s Your Intent? Pros & Cons Of One-way & Two-way Streets
- A Temporary One-Way to Two-Way Conversion May Just Stick
- Part I: One-way & Two-way Streets Reflect a Community’s Priorities
- Part II: A One-Way Desert of Parking: State Street
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