Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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Actually, narrower streets are fine where speed limits are low. The asphalt on my street is less than 28 feet/8.5m wide, with no sidewalks, but with legally-sanctioned parking on both sides. With plenty of cyclists, dog-walkers, joggers, and parked cars, motorists do tend to drive pretty slowly, and the locals realize that roads are for people, not just people in cars. Irrespective of posted limits, motorists drive faster on wider roads. On a faster street, I agree that the outer lane needs to be 15 feet wide (or 10 feet plus a 5-foot dedicated bike lane), so that we do not have to take the lane, which can be harrowing in 50mph/80kph traffic.
Where in Los Angeles do you live, fked? I have lived in Cheviot Hills (where my grandfather had paid $400 for the lot, during the Depression) and in the Pico-Robertson district. Having a full street grid (something absent in most of San Diego County) allowed me to devise some pretty decent bike routes through the older suburbs of west L.A. and Santa Monica.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
Last edited by John E; 01-24-02 at 03:18 PM.