Contemptible Stop Signs
This is a map of something being called a “trail extension” between the Cady Way Trail and Colonial Drive.
It was constructed last year with a completely clean slate. Property was condemned, the old street was torn up and rerouted, new drainage piping and curbing was installed as well as a new drainage pond. Trees were planted in the median as well as between the street and the sidewalks. The old name of the street was changed.
What they did for “us” was construct a wide sidewalk along one side the street. The City’s Bicycle Plan shows plans for this trail extending across Colonial Drive and along the perimeter of the airport.
This trail extension is 1/3 of a mile long, yet a cyclist riding either north or south, would be required to stop five times in that 1/3 mile as evidenced by miniature stop signs at every minor street except Hargrave Street.
There are even miniature stop signs where the traffic entering a parking lot crosses the trail, so someone wanting to buy a futon gets the right of way.
Yet, if a cyclist used the street (which now has choke points) she wouldn’t have to stop even once.
This is how the City plans to make their sidepaths safe. What they will do is use lots and lots of these miniature stop signs at every conceivable conflict point. This relieves them of liability and transfers all risk to the cyclist. They must know that cyclists will hold these stops signs in contempt, but that matters not. On the police report, it will say “failure to obey a traffic control device.”
The City has plans for many more sidepaths like this one. The City apparently knows that these sidepaths are inherently more dangerous than riding in the street, else the onus would be where it belongs, on the driver that is entering or leaving the minor street and there would no no need for miniature stop signs.
Use of these miniature stop signs also makes a clear statement where cyclists fit into the traffic scheme: Off to the side, stopping every 150 feet and legally required to yield to all “real” traffic.