Tuesday, March 06, 2007

MO Bike Federation - Urgent! Advocates needed for Rt. 150

MO Bike Fed - Route 150 Advocacy. Mo Bike Fed needs your help, especially if you live or ride on the MO side of state line. I have family and friends that live along the Route 150 corridor, and this project interests me quite a bit. Make it count. We're encouraged to write something on our own, but they provide a default message that gets the point across. This was my submission:

To whom it may concern,

As a bicycle commuter that uses a mix of bicycles on public roads as well as mass transit while living in KS and working in MO, the current plans for Route 150 interest me a great deal. I was recently run off the road in a "bike friendly" city and can tell you that no amount of "share the road" signs would have saved me from breaking my face and teeth on the pavement yesterday. If the road doesn't directly accommodate non-motorized transportation, cyclists will be at risk.

This may be as simple as a combination of traffic calming, bicycle lanes, very wide outer lanes and lower speed limits. With the area in question growing as fast as it is, and with fuel prices remaining lofty, non-motorized transportation is here to stay. It's practical, healthy, and it should also be enjoyable.

While sidewalks and a sidepath are a good start, I urge the committee to explore options that facilitate vehicular cycling along Route 150 as a feasible, enjoyable and safe option.

If signs do go up conveying the fact that bicycles have the right to use the whole lane, then I would expect proper traffic enforcement to be provided, because signs like that are usually ignored by hurried motorists unless the consequences are visible and grave. I have the scar tissue to prove it.

-via KCBike.Info


Eric Rogers said...

*Very* well written. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I sent them my feelings as well.

amidnightrider said...

Good luck with this. Hopefully those in power have open minds.

The laws for constructing and repairing roads in the surrounding towns of my home, all taking into account bicycle traffic. The roads are all built wide enought to share.

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