Followup note: Please see Kyle Zimmeman's comment after this post. The signs have been moved. Further, it is a contractor, not county staff, who are setting these signs. Many thanks to Kyle for once again addressing this, and my apologies to county road crews for initially blaming them.
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the bike lane, breakin' my mind,
Dodge this, don't dodge that, dontcha hit the signs...
(with apologies to the Five Man Electrical Band)
Jerry Merkey's email to Pajarito Riders, sent this morning, pointed out that once again, road work crews are blocking the bike lanes with signs. I don't have a problem when there is no choice in placement and a good faith effort is made to avoid impeding travel in the bike lane, but these don't seem like good examples.
Kyle Zimmerman, County Engineer and formerly Dept. of Public Works Director, once told me that the bike lanes are a "traveled portion of the street", not to be used as parking spaces, etc. So it surprises me that work crews continue to block the bike lanes with signs when it seems there should be an alternative. I am going to send Council a link to this post to ask them to PLEASE make sure our work crews (local or contractors) are trained to avoid the situations below.
While not sure death, this practice imposes an unnecessary hazard. If we build bike lanes, let's take them seriously.