As with most stuff done for FHWA, the BCI research is for post-WWII, big
right-of-way, frost-free conditions. This is not typical of Vermont
roadways. Indeed, the BCI was developed in modern, frost-free cities in
NC, TX, and WA. The BCI method would work were roads are uniformly
post-war and conforming to a specification code. For the situations
that confront Vermont cyclists and walkers, there is no substitute for
clear thinking by well-trained, experienced bike & ped professionals.
For example, take a look at the BCI discussion of bike lanes with and
without gutter pan. This does not apply to the Vermont condition
situation, where the presence of winter debris and drains and other
structures create a gutter that is approximately 3 feet wide.
The BCI document also repeats a disclaimer that it only considers long
road segments that are uninterrupted by intersections. Given that
Vermont towns and cities have small blocks, and that most crashes occur
at intersections, it doesn't make much sense to spend the effort to
conduct a BCI oriented inventory.
David Jacobowitz wrote:
> Dave Lustgarten suggests that we look at the Bicycle Compatibility Index
> What do folks think?
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