Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: American SPacifNorthWest. PDX
Bikes: American Eagle, Nishiki.Semipro. Great bike.
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Arbitrary Bicycle Street Markers.
A week after my birthday I went out on my usual bike ride and noticed that my street had several bicycle markers on it. I thought how nice, for the city of Portland to do such kindness to me a southwesterner, the less bicycle usage part of town!
On riding through my neighborhood however I saw some streets that had them where others did not. My street is a main corridor so that makes sense. However another corridor SW Maplewood Rd., close by, did not. And this has several blind curves where I customarily take the lane anyway. Why would the city skip this part of the neighborhood that gets a lot of traffic?
My second question is this. How many drivers actually know what those markers represent? Do they understand that it means bicycles need to be on this part of the roadway to be optimally safe?