What don’t we have a category for?
July 22nd, 2010
I know it’s not directly an issue that can be addressed by the B/P Plan, HOWEVER, it would be a positive capital source if a bottle deposit become instituted in the state.
This could decrease expenditures for road maintenance if consumers were to realize that returning the bottles were worth something more than noise and pretty sparkles when they throw them out of their cars on the roads, AND it would incentivize homeless and underemployed to remove bottles from the landscape and open spaces if they received money for bottles as is currently the case for aluminum cans.
This would also decrease demand for street sweeping for broken bottles in bike lanes and roadways, saving monies.
July 24th, 2010
I wonder if discussion has occurred about having an all stop moment at signalized intersections rather than yellow, red, then green for cross traffic?
I’ve noticed that there are times when I’m traveling at traffic speed and if the light that I’m approaching close turns yellow, I have to proceed, I can’t stop before the intersection, but then that sets me up to possibly get clobbered by cross traffic, but still be legally liable because I was in the intersection on a ‘red’ light.
July 25th, 2010
The arrogance of government is very apparent in the BPP. Who gave who authority to mess up auto traffic? Why didn’t voters get to decide? I never saw a comment opportunity while it was under stupid advisement. I drive on Mayberry every day and see very few bikes enjoying the opened up route that became available at the expense of motorists. Only the government can waste money on such a program most people don’t want and would have never voted for. We driving on Mayberry ARE NOT GETTING USED TO IT – WE ARE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED!
July 27th, 2010
I have a safety 1 certificate from League of American Cyclists.
A cop stopped me the other day. At first said I was endangering pedestrians on the sidewalk. I let him know I was not D/T and had a right, especially on S VA where there was no shoulder. Who was it that was in danger w/o a pedestrian in site?
He told me he was told to stop all cyclists. Even those of us wearing togs, a helmet and using hand signals. THAT’S WHAT THE GRANT MONEY IS GOING FOR!
That’s a waste. What we need are cycling training classes. When you take them you not only learn how to bike better than ever, you learn how to drive better. The more people take it, the more the community understands bikes, the more bike-friendly the community becomes. I saw it happen in San Jose. The safety classes should be taught in schools and corps should send their employees to them.
July 30th, 2010
I’d like to see links to the posters and map comments that were at the public forum on 7/29
online. That would allow that many more people to see what ideas are being considered and comment on them.
August 2nd, 2010
I would like to make one quick comment. I’m in favor of bike riding: recreation, health, sport etc. Wish I could get motivated.
But most bicyclist, and especially the advanced and pro types need to be held accoutable for their lack of respect to motorists and lack of obeying traffic laws.
Riding on the fog line on a two lane road, pretty much forcing vehicles into oncomming traffic, where the shoulder appears to be at least five feet wide is showing a lack of common sense and lack of repect to motorists.
As far as traffic laws go: just one example is running the stop sign while they ride east on Silva Ranch Rd to continue east on 4th St in Mogul.
That is one of many areas I see this.
I know this swings both ways but if they want to be respected by motorists, they need show repect as well as common sense.
August 3rd, 2010
I would like BPAC to be a part of any future street sweeper evaluation.
Currently there are wide variations in quality of street cleaning results.
I have no way of knowing, and no opinion currently, if it’s operator error, machine performance or road condition taxing the machine capability, but the range of results are noticeable.
I would participate in a ride a long program to gather data as to quality of sweeper performance vis a vis bicycle usage.
August 4th, 2010
I do appreciate the need for bicycle lanes in town. But I would also ask planners to consider the effects that the road diets are having as follows: putting all vehicle traffic into one lane instead of two makes for longer single lines of traffic, with less space between each vehicle. For me, this has resulted in longer waits from the side streets trying to either turn into these lanes, or just plain cross these streets. Even turning left from the new center turn lane results in longer waits, due to one single long line of oncoming traffic. It also results in longer lines backed up at traffic signals, sometimes missing the first light and therefore waiting another cycle to get through; not always, but particularly during peak traffic hours. All of these things I have experienced since the change were made to Wells Avenue, part of Virginia Street (which has been a while), and lately California and Arlington.
Another thought: when there is ice or snow on the street, I try to take a four-lane route to/from work so that I can stay in the far right lane, gear down, and drive slowly for safety. Those who want to drive faster can do so in the left lane. You have taken away this slower lane now.
I am suggesting that you carefully consider the impact on the vehicle traffic on busy streets if you remove traffic lanes. One of your publications states something like reducing four lanes to two lanes with a turn lane in the center solves the problem of left-turners being rear-ended because people have had to stop behind them while they wait to turn. Not entirely so; when there were four lanes, people had the option to pass a stopped car in the next lane over.
Many motorists do not have the option to go all bicycle for multiple reasons; I am one of them, yet I still must commute all the way across town several times each day. Please weigh the needs of the many against the needs of the few when making these decisions. Not EVERY major street should have its lanes reduced to add a bicycle lane. Thank you for the opportunity to give input on all sides of this subject.
August 16th, 2010
One thing that needs to be addressed. Auto crash clean up.
Within the past 3 weeks I’ve found myself in the middle of a debris field that stretched the width of an intersection (one that was 3 lanes wide) and then some. I weaved out of one and down the block and the other one was so bad, I had to stop and pick up my bike so didn’t chance getting
glass in a tire. IT was as if the clean up person took a roller and made the glass fragments smaller and swept them so that there was NO way they could have been avoided.
These locations were in 2 different jurisdictions, so it’s not just one department’s fault.
This part of the car collision process needs to be improved with standards set and benchmarks followed and progress followed.
Fine tow companies for not doing a proper job if necessary.