Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cary, NC
Bikes: 1983 Trek, 2001 Lemond, 2000 Gary Fisher
If engineers and planners interpret a Complete Street as requiring consideration for people driving bicycles according to the principles of drivers of vehicles, then that would be a good thing. Smooth/safe pavement, extra width for safe passing on faster/busier roads, lower speed merge/diverge designs, signals that detect bicycles, "completion" of dead end residential streets into through streets to provide pleasant connections with desirable destinations, and other engineering considerations are important for bicycle drivers.
If engineers and planners come to believe that a street is not Complete without markings or paths to segregate bicycles from other vehicular traffic according to vehicle type, then this will create problems for cyclists. A quick scan of the Complete Streets materials did not reveal mention of wide outside lanes or normal width lanes as being adequate or preferred under many situations (such as low speed local neighborhood streets or downtowns with lots of intersections).
There is a lot in the Complete Streets movement that is good for the public, particularly for pedestrians. However, some of it seems to be ignorant of how very well vehicular cycling works for both novice and advanced cyclists on the vast majority of the streets we already have, which we do not desire to have changed.
Last edited by sggoodri; 11-17-09 at 08:34 AM.