There are definitely places you will need to merge into or shade towards the travel lane, including a few southbound sections between Conoco Hill and the H.S. flyover, while headed north/east between Conoco Hill and the golf course, when headed northeast towards the roundabout where the concrete barrier along the golf course shades the bike lane from the sun, and eastbound on Central Ave. All these locations are shaded from the low winter sun, leading to a large accumulation of ice.
The County version of the "As far right as practicable" law that regulates the riding of bicycles on roadways specifically takes into account that sometimes as far right as possible is actually dangerous and is therefore not practicable. I've excerpted:
Sec. 38-545. - Riding on streets and bicycle paths.
(b) It shall not be considered practicable to ride as near to the right side of the street under the following circumstances:...(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the righthand curb or edge. For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane;
Addenum: Today (Saturday), a local LCI was harassed when riding left of the bike lane stripe to avoid ice. Police were called. See comment #3.
Be careful out there. Any thoughts?
|Eastbound, Central near St. Thomas More Center|
|Eastbound, Central near Reel Deal|