I got an email from a racing friend of mine (James Rosen) about a road
design issue that I was not aware of. Any thoughts on this? Here is the
bulk of the email:
In case you know of someone or facet of the club that takes an
interest in Burlington street safety for cyclists: The street dept put
a center hump down Home Ave, I assume to force cars to the side
and prevent head-on encounters - don't know why they couldn't just
paint a centerline. The problem is, cars now will have to hug the
curb to avoid driving over the hump, possibly endangering cyclists
who now will have to ride in the middle of the car lane. Home Ave
gets a lot of cyclist use due to the access to the beginning of the
bike path. If afraid the street dept will get hump happy and start
putting these things all over the city, as they have with the
crosswalk humps, without regard to the effect on a cycling lane. I
doubt there is any data that shows these things are effective
(end of bulk of email from James)
Here is a design that seems to have had a negative impact. I figure the
more folks that are aware of the type of problem it causes, the better.
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