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By the Way, Please Avoid Our Signs
Today on the way to our home on North Mesa and while cresting the climb/curve on South San Ildefonso, I saw it again: that work zone sign plopped in the middle of the bike lane.
Its not clear to me if county workers do this out of malice or if they just don't realize this is a traveled portion of the street, but one of these days someone is going to get hurt. Rather than continue to complain, this time I am posting a picture for Public Works to look at.
Well, you the cyclist ought to be watching for obstructions and plan ahead to avoid this mama. But if you are hit from behind, sideswiped, or harassed by drivers playing chicken with oncoming traffic when you are riding in the lane to avoid these things, you can send this pic to your attorney. Plus, aside from the hazards, I think cyclists are justified in developing a healthy dose of cynicism about bike lanes if they are used as convenient places for plopping signs or just not maintained. That is not good as it defeats the purpose of the system.
I took this picture at about six p.m. tonight on my cell phone camera. Perhaps we should move these signs to the middle of the travel lanes. After all, motorists should share the joy. Besides, I strongly suspect if motor vehicle drivers complain in droves, someone will rattle some cages real good.
Guys, can we get this process fixed once and for all?
Mind you, I have a great deal of respect for all our county workers. But someone obviously has not explained bike lanes to at least some of them.
Followup comment: Partly as a result of this post, the County Dept. of Public Works sent out an advisory to its contractors and work crews to recognize and not impede bike lanes when at all possible. Supervisors will be checking work sites. Many thanks to them for that message.
|Its a bike lane, as posted above |
In a location just below the nefarious sign in the distance, now moved