Monday, August 2, 2010

The Bike League and Rumble Strips

From the LAB site
...Cyclists and motorists share a desire for safer roadways. Most of us are motorists as well as cyclists and we have probably all benefited from the wake-up call provided by rumble strips on the Interstate or major state highways. However, as cyclists we also know that there is no such thing as a bicyclist-friendly rumble strip, and over the years a lot of good roads for riding have been lost to rumble strips. [Click here to go directly to send the alert.]


Steve A said...

Forgive me for my ignorance, but why would a cyclist want to be riding where a traffic rumble strip might be placed? If on a wide shoulder that one is treating as a lane, one should ride further right than any rumble strip and if riding in a narrow lane, one should be riding further left. It never occurred to me this might be an urgent issue compared to, say, mandatory bike lane laws, such as Florida just enacted.

Khal said...

In New Mexico, we have more rumble strips than bike lanes on our open roads. Often, the leftmost part of the shoulder is the only one swept relatively clear of debris. So one has the option of riding in the beer-glass spattered far right part of the shoulder and bouncing over the rumble strip into the travel lane to avoid debris, or sharing a travel lane with 60 mph traffic. West of the rock, east of the hard place.

DOT has to at least consider that in the equation.

MBL laws can also be a pain in the saddle, not any argument there. Mighk Wilson describes it pretty well here.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see what cost/labor would be for reflective road studs placed on the edges of the bike lane instead of these rumble strips. Drivers will not want to wander into these but bikes can easily pass through ones intelligently spaced. Night time visibility increased too!