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The Power Of Paint; Paint It Red (Or Green)

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This before and after of a street in The Netherlands shows what potential a resurfacing job has to improve conditions for everyone. The bold delineation really makes a statement. The blog, A View From the Cycle Path explains that on this street the improvement isn’t even permanent. It is slated to be narrowed and speeds set at 18mph in the near future. Isn’t it nice that in the meantime, a city planner found the will and the money so the public wouldn’t have to wait for an improvement.

NOTE: Painted Bike lanes are increasing in the United States, but don’t expect to see them anytime soon in NW Lower Michigan.

  1. TC Velo
    July 19, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The way people are driving these days we could just use the blood of smeared cyclists to color the lanes.

    Too many drivers are being absolute #$%^s. I obey traffic laws and use bike lanes where they exist, but I still get yelled at or angrily revved past almost weekly for having the temerity to be on the street.

    Wake up drivers, this aren’t just your roads and your cell phone doesn’t help you drive. I pay taxes and I’m tired of inattentive or angry drivers creaming my friends.

  2. Richard Miller
    July 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

    It seems to me that the painted lane makes a very strong perceptional difference in the width of the road, narrowing it visually, slowing automotive traffic, somewhat at least. While nothing comes free, this seems a relatively inexpensive solution. Unfortunately, paint markings, as we all well know, are rather short-lived under the seasonal shavings of snow plows.

  3. July 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    The cynic in me replies: well, that’s ok, Traverse City doesn’t maintain their bike lanes in the winter anyway.

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