I listen to and participate in interesting conversations at my work place.
This morning, the talk was about the recent lane/striping changes made on nearby streets, especially the transformation from four-lane to two-lane+center-turn-lane+bike-lane that has happened to a section of Division St.
I listen to much griping and then make the comment that I am quite happy with what has happened.
I know where this is heading and sure enough, here come the complaints regarding cyclists and their behavior.
Some guy has to drive slow because a cyclist is going down the ‘middle of the road.’
‘They need to get on the sidewalks.’
‘Why don’t they pull over?’
I decide not to defend the accused cyclists’ actions, but tell my fellow employees that when I ride, I stay three to four feet away from the curb and any parked car. I also mention that riding the sidewalks is more dangerous than being on the streets where I have a legal right to be.
I know that I have not convinced, much less converted anyone. But at least they will hear from this cyclist that we have a legal right to the road.
And on the way home, I see where Boonville has been marked for possible bike lanes. This photo is taken next to the courthouse [notice the WWII era artillery piece in the background].
I would guess that all these extra bike lanes are due to some sort of Federal regulation.