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"The best thing about bike boxes is that by pushing drivers a little from the intersection, it represents another victory in the war on drivers."

C'mon dude, that's not helpful.

@jmg: Maybe not, but I thought it was a hilarious reference to Lon's war on motorists.

Two details of significance WRT the 16th & U intersection... First, it's being submitted for FHWA experimentation (so DDOT will have a partner in its "war-crimes").

Second, and this could be significant, GGW says they're doing before/after on the effects of painting bike lanes. A few have applied, but as far as I know, nobody has completed an experiment demonstrating that striped lanes change driver or cyclist behavior. Maybe DDOT can help blaze a trail [by painting a lane] here.

OOPS, just fact-checked myself, and realized I substituted my own assumptions for the written word.... GGW does not mention before-after studies on lane striping. I sure hope that that is DDOT's plan, though.

In regards to the Met branch assault- I now ride that route and the NE branch trail sections for my commute and I've noticed large groups congregating on the trail. Honestly the other night, a late night at the office and the story about the bridge "mugging" had me riding the metro home around 7 instead of riding.

Last night riding home I saw 2 bike cops riding along heading down to the bridge area there on NE (wearing bullet proof vests on top of their shirts no less) and gave them a big thumbs up and a thank you as they rode by. So, they are at least getting out there.

"The best thing about bike boxes is that by pushing drivers a little from the intersection, it represents another victory in the war on drivers."

LOL!

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