The wheels of progress never stop turning at SDOT, who managed to get some green gravely material down in a couple of locations this week after months of anticipation. We’ve posted about the green lanes before, it’s great to see they’re making their way into the real world. I rode down to take a look this morning, and I can confirm it’s really, really green.
My ride this morning showed that the schematic’s spot on (including the fact that the bike lane ceases to exist for the first half of the next block on Stone Way). The new lane is designed to help cyclists transition from the right hand edge of the road, across a lane of traffic into the proper spot (the new green wedge) to start from if you’re proceeding forward. The wedge serves pretty well here, clearly indicating where you should be.
The approach to the wedge is still a bit paltry. It’s a simple green dashed line crossing the existing lane of traffic. I was really expecting a full green lane that indicates the bike lane crosses traffic here, but that’s not to be apparently. No arrows, or other markings that I saw to indicate this is bike territory (but I could have missed something).
Also, the lane change is quite close to the intersection. Unfortunately this is one of the longest lights in Seattle and traffic tends to get backed up. I couldn’t actually ride the new marked changes because it was already underneath a car. I can imagine markings big and bold enough that cars wouldn’t stop on them.
The green of the wedge is made up of what seems to be tiny, green rocks glued down to the roadway. Think green pop-rocks and you’ve got the size and texture right. Definitely not slippery, which has been a complaint about roadway markings from cyclists in the past. I’m sure it’s very durable, but the top layer wasn’t entirely secured and now there are little green pop-rocks migrating around the intersection.
I’m all for facilities improvements, and good on SDOT for getting this done. I’d much rather see bike boxes and full on blue green lanes that cross intersections. Maybe these will come in the next round of improvements.
Bike Hugger got its start in part because of all the bike culture I noticed as I traveled around on business, speaking at conferences, and vacations. These bike connections continue today and just this week at Web Design World where I met Planet Propaganda. We talked blogs, social media, and the work they’re doing with Gary Fisher.
Traveling a lot leads to airport fatigue and there’s nothing more refreshing than seeing a bike exhibit!
The goal of the exhibit is to offer a glimpse into the role bikes play in the lives of Oregonians “ racing, replacing a car, riding up and down mountains, or just riding for the joy of it. The exhibit is organized by the Port of Portland, Sweetpea Bicycles, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Portland Development Commission.
p>I’ve been working on a new toodling-around-town bike since last summer. It’s a used 7005 Al cruiser frame I had powder-coated British racing green with a Nexus 7 (though I’m afraid I’m ultimately going to need an Alfine 8). The idea is to build a comfy, capable and elegant bike for getting groceries, riding to the outdoor cinema, etc. I’ve added a lovely and comfortable Brooks
Based on the popularity of this post, Byron created a bike bags Flickr group. Pop in and upload photos of your setup–if you’re inclined, write a few words describing it and why it works for you (if you don’t have a Flickr account, you can sign up for free to share your photos). Byron loaded the Hugga Bag and has photos of the Raygun coming….
I walked down to the market to retrieve my girlfriend’s bike, and I saw this messenger bike. Normally I wouldn’t have taken notice of a bike this beaten down, but I just had to appreciate how harsh this machine’s life must have been.
Notice the bludgeoned and dismembered Dura Ace STI still in situ. I’m pretty sure that the derailleurs were just screwed into a set position, and the rear brake was disconnected. The Chris King rear cassette hub might be the last thing salvageable on the bike. The owner didn’t even bother locking the bike at all while he went inside. I salute his cavalier attitude towards equipment maintenance and security… I just hope I am never, ever, ever invited to estimate or enact any repairs to that bike.