The downtown bike and bus lane project has had some time to “marinate” and there are some changes already implemented to help correct some of the confusion and delay. However, there are still troubles, as well as accidents that have caused both bodily injury and property damage.
In the photos below, you can see that bikes are having trouble navigating the lane that is designed for their use. Dirt and debris gather in the bike lane and cannot be cleaned as easily by the regular street sweeper crew, which does a fantastic job throughout the city. The dirt and debris are hazards for bikers.
Another problem is that people who need to stop for various reasons at businesses or transit junctions do not have anywhere except the bike lane to pull over. The natural inclination to pull over to the right makes sense. Cities have used that design for longer than we have been alive. But now, there is next to nowhere to pull over and conduct business or pick someone up from a public transit junction.
Was a traffic study completed before these changes were made? And will a traffic study be conducted now that we are in this stage? Were the City Engineering and Sanitation departments closely involved in this creation? How about Police and Fire? Please email City Manager, John Nachbar, with your thoughts and questions: email@example.com