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Old 02-01-17, 10:13 AM   #1
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McKinney's 'bike boulevards'

McKinney has mapped out some bike routes and signposted them as bike boulevards.

There are claims that the motivation was to get bicyclists off McKinney's main thoroughfares and onto neighborhood streets. I dunno, maybe, I mean that kind of thing has been going on in Texas since 1971 or so. Or maybe the city council wanted to say they 'did something' about, or for, the bicyclists, or maybe the chamber of commerce thought it would look real good when reported in national publications. Okay, but because the way McKinney has been laid out and planned, between the super blocks, creeks and freeways, only the thoroughfares actually go somewhere. Except for the small, old part of town, McKinney has a distinct lack of secondary streets that do anything other than get the neighborhood residents out to the thoroughfares.

Anyway, actual bicycle boulevards (1, 2) have a number of design elements that are entirely lacking in McKinney's as-implimented plan: lower speed limits, discouragement or actual prevention of auto through traffic, right of way enhancements at intersections and traffic control at points where the bicycle boulevard crosses a major arterial.

Here's one of their signs (it's the one directly behind the Neighborhood Watch sign):


Zooming out, you can see this particular 'Bike Boulevard' crosses a major 40mph arterial with no intersection enhancements:

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Between the way the city has been laid out and their low-buck implementation of their bike routes, their 462 new Bike Boulevard signs torturing through bits of neighborhoods are probably not going to make much difference to anyone on the ground.

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