February 23, 2012

Biking at Night

On Tuesday I made a public service announcement about the Columbus Bicycle Subcommittee meeting and how the Green Lane Project would be discussed. The Green Lane Project will involve 6 selected cities to collaborate in bike planning, specifically for cycle tracks and protected lanes. The City of Columbus had until February 23 (today) to submit a notice of intent and has until March 9 to submit the application. At the meeting, Columbus announced that it would apply to be one of the 6 cities involved in the project. That's kind of cool.

After the meeting, I had to transport myself home in a stiff headwind at 7:15 PM. My first thought is always to take the bus home but then I remembered that COTA costs $2.00. I decided to bike down Broad Street because it is one of the more direct routes to my home.

First, I normally don't bike that often at night, especially on a multi-lane road like Broad Street. Per usual I highly recommend a lot of lights so you can easily be seen. I especially recommend this spoke light because it really makes you visible and it gives you street cred.

Second, the meeting was somewhat heated about bike lanes and cycle tracks, and the commute allowed me to use the Broad Street bike lane which normally I avoid.  I still have conflicted feelings about them. On one hand I liked having my own space to bike in. On the other hand I didn't like all the grit and debris which collects in the lane. On the one foot I like how there's no parked cars in the bike lane. On the other foot I don't like dealing with intersections and potential conflict points, with I-70 being the biggest concern.

But hey, I made it home without incident using a main road w/ and w/o bike lanes, and residential streets at the end. There's a wide realm of possibilities and really you just need to make it work for you. That's what I did and I feel fine.

Cool bike lane educational video of the day:

On the Right Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.


  1. I bought one of those spoke lights. I like it.

    1. Awesome. I really like mine. In the Short North I didn't deal with many kids but the crowd is a lot younger in the Hilltop. So while in the Short North the lights give you hipster cred, in the Hilltop you get schoolyard cred.


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