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Photo by Eric Gilliland
This is on 4th Street where the new, jumbo-sized bike lanes just went in. A little offset like this can be an inconvenience to a driver, but a legitimate threat to cyclists.
March 09, 2012 in Bike Lanes | Permalink
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At best, this is dangerously slick when it's wet out. Otherwise, I'm not even sure you could pinch flat on that edge with low tires. If you're worried about bumps, you need to stay of this road anyway as the surface is rubbish between C and D streets.
I mean, this bike lane is a great addition to what could be a nice link between the Mall and bike lanes all the way down M st. SE and you're complaining about the most pedestrian features. That's just silly.
tour de farce |
March 10, 2012 at 08:56 AM
I feel more confident rolling over DC streets with my 700 x 37 tires. Back in the day when I rode 700 x 25 (or 22s) I had to exercise much more caution and pick a line though the various surface imperfections.
March 10, 2012 at 09:42 AM
@JeffB: I've been thinking about getting wider tires to deal with pot holes. Do you think these will do, or do I need to go slightly larger?
Ron Alford |
March 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
and you're complaining about the most pedestrian features.
I didn't realize I was complaining. Show me where that happened.
March 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM
hmmm. i'd say this doesn't hold a candle to the giant holes in, say 21st street NW (downtown between M and L), or the paving disaster that is New Hampshire NW south of Dupont Circle. Also, the bike lanes on V NW between 9th and Georgia were put on top of some serious pothole madness.
March 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The latter look promising. Also might be a solution for the occasional difficulty one encounters with motorists in the bike lane.
March 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
@Farce: some of them are over an inch off the pavement surface. Yes, potholes can be deep, but for whatever reason they don't interfere with one's line quite as cunningly as round manhole covers do. Approach one of these (or one of those steel plates they temporarily cover trenches with) at a bad angle and you can easily go down. Also, this street was resurfaced somewhat recently; there are no holes besides the ones that Pepco has created.
Kudos to DDOT for noticing this and taking quick, pre-emptive action.
Also, what bikes lanes on M St? That proposal went down in flames due to a few loud neighbors (maybe even just one) who demonized bicyclists. Little details like manhole covers and public meetings matter.
March 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Come on, WC, don't play word games. It was perfectly legit to say you were "complaining."
March 12, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Well, since I wrote it, I would say that I'm uniquely qualified to say what I was doing, and it wasn't complaining.
March 12, 2012 at 09:53 AM
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