Protected bike lane on Guadalupe: Threat and menace

I rarely write about cycling any more and don’t have time to do so right now, but thankfully I came across a recent post by another blogger which captures, very insightfully, all of the problems with this facility except for the “hundreds of pedestrians crossing the bike lane to get to their bus stop” issue.

It’s from a blogger I never read before: Off The Beaten Path, excerpt:

Any barrier that separates the cyclist visually from other traffic effectively hides the cyclist. This is counterproductive to safety. Moving cyclists out of the roadway altogether, on separate bike paths, is even more dangerous, because drivers don’t look for (or cannot see) cyclists off to the side.

There’s much more, including great images which really make the point well.

Article link here: Bike To Work 3: Separate Or Equal?

GAME-CHANGER, PART TWO

Imagine how useful MetroRapid will be when instead of being stuck in traffic at a red light, it’ll be able to hold a light green for a few seconds to make it through. Well, I drove northbound Guadalupe yesterday at about 6:00 PM to take my son home from a summer camp and, let me tell you, this thing is gonna rock. Click the picture to embiggen, of course.

Two green lights ahead and nobody's moving
Northbound Guadalupe, about 6:00 PM, 8/22/2013

Imagine how useful it will be to hold the light in front of you green! What’s that, you say? That light, and the next light up the street, are both green, and yet nobody’s moving? Surely this can’t be true. I’m told this is a GAME-CHANGER.

It's a game-changer, son
Image created by Jeff Crump, downloaded from Jon Henshaw

Also see: Is it a game-changer?