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interesting article...(7 posts)

interesting article...raboboy
Jun 4, 2002 10:49 AM
demonstrates how gov't officials are completely ignorant in designing a bike friendly environment, or that they are just unwilling. It also shows that 'bike paths' are never really bike paths in anyone's mind.

http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/other_stories/multipage/documents/02288883.htm
Bad news for inexperienced cyclistslaffeaux
Jun 4, 2002 11:19 AM
My guess is that most experienced cyclist will opt to ride on the street instead of the bike path, leaving the dangerous path to be utilized by inexperienced riders. If the street is a main bike commute route, the designers really did a poor job.

And I thought my commute where the RR tracks cross the bike lane at about 60 degrees to the direction of travel was bad...
cycling through those two rotaries is suicidal..kenyee
Jun 4, 2002 12:36 PM
I don't even like driving through them. There is a *lot* of traffic there. A 4-way intersection would have just backed up traffic (they added lights further down the road a bit and there are now more traffic jams there during rush hour). It's just an area to avoid if you're cycling.
Just the opposite here-rideslikeagirl
Jun 4, 2002 11:19 AM
I couldn't find an article, but maybe that's because they haven't officially opened it yet.

We have a wonderful bike path from Pacific Grove to Castroville - 25 miles, maybe. Someday that will be extended another 25 to Santa Cruz (PLEASE!).

But, they just recently re-did a section through Sand City (I think). You used to have to cross the street twice, cross one freeway on-ramp and one freeway off-ramp and another two streets to get back to the smooth-sailing. It really sucked.

They have now made a 12 foot wide path winding up and down the dunes to make that connection - only having to cross two quiet streets in the transition. It's wonderful!

I can't even imagine what that cost was!

I need to figure out who to write to thank-

Sometimes we get lucky and have people looking out for our best interests.
Just the opposite here-raboboy
Jun 4, 2002 11:35 AM
Actually, I was just out there visiting some friends in PG. That area is beautiful and very bike friendly. I saw the bike path and was extremely jealous. If only I could find a job out there... :)
Just the opposite here-rideslikeagirl
Jun 4, 2002 11:50 AM
Even if you found a job, chances are you wouldn't be able to afford to live here anyway! It's so ridiculous!

900 sq ft home, facing a busy street, backed by condos, and sandwiched between houses - $469,000 !!!

Forget saving our pennies...we're saving our fifties! :)

Oh well - it's hard to complain TOO much on the (rare) sunny days-
Just the opposite here-raboboy
Jun 4, 2002 12:16 PM
yeah, buying out there is just crazy. Rent, however, is similar to the Boston area, not that that is good. :)