There’s a Bike Lane Marking For That!
You are no doubt familiar with the term “Crap Cycling Infrastructure.” If only we could round up the people who designed some of these abominations, as well as the folks who pushed for their installation, and make them ride in them every day, there would be some changes made!
I used to think that any bike lane was better than nothing, but have found that to be just not true. The miserable/laughable half-mile long Primrose bike lane, which is the most direct route to get to about 90% of the places I go, continues to be reclaimed by nature.
That’s the directional arrow above. On the right, you see the rear wheel of the bicycle symbol. Note the motor vehicle tire tracks.
Back in late 2009, I asked the City of Orlando to please clear the overgrown part of the bike lane, which they did. It seemed like a big improvement at the time, but I’m not planning to ask again. Having to ride in a crappy, narrow, poorly marked, intermittent bike lane is not much comfort. It just marginalizes the cyclist further, and raises the expectations of the drivers that you will get the heck out of their way. I hope the City of Orlando is not claiming this .5 mile alleged bicycle lane as part of their miles of cycling infrastructure that earned Orlando a LAB bronze level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
What? You don’t think I appreciate a 13 inch bike lane space, measuring from the center of the faded away line to the edge of the loose sand and debris? My handlebars are wider than 13 inches! I know, I’m such an ingrate.
Well, recently I took a closer look and noticed that there is an appropriate bike lane marking in the northbound Primrose bike lane, which alerts cyclists to the, um, even more “substandard” bike lane just ahead. Here it is:
Look at the seat of his pants! It’s obvious that this is the lane symbol of a cyclist who has just been buzzed-passed in a narrow faded-out bike lane by a Ford F-150, and is now heading for the sidewalk. This lane marking is not only perfect, it’s craptastic!