June 18, 2012

Broad Street Bike Lane Construction Plates

On my way home from Franklinton Cycle Works, I took Broad Street as my route home. Nearing the I-70 exchange, I noticed not 1, but 5 (!) steel plates in bike lane.

In the first picture, there is a (poorly constructed) asphalt ramp on the west side of the west-bound bike lane. The second picture shows the plate from the other side. A bicycle will encounter the plate without any form of ramp. This is a great way to get a pinch flat. Columbus, let's talk.

Bike lanes are a great tool to provide cyclists. They make the rare rear-ending collision even rarer. They improve traffic to allow motorist to flow at speeds faster than cyclists. However, if a bike lane is available, a rampless steel plate should not be in it. I adjust my behavior based on where I am and what choices of roads I have and I assume others do the same.

In the future, I hope Columbus requires ramps to be made for construction areas on roads that are designated as bikeways. In the mean time I'm going to put in a 311 request that ramps be added.

Cool 1900s traffic link of the day (h/t: Columbus Rides Bikes)

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