Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

Construction signs

Old 05-31-05, 07:49 AM
  #26  
bobfe
Commuter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 45

Bikes: Giant OCR2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by cheg
Last winter I got caught by a construction sign laid flat in the middle of the bike lane with the legs of the iron stand spread completely across the lane like a V-shaped trap. I hit it in the dark at about 15 mph and wiped out good, destroying my front wheel. The construction company was very responsive when I complained. They paid for a new wheel and never left the signs like that again. You could try contacting the builder - they just hate the thought of personal injury lawsuits. No need to threaten them. Just explain the problem. Who knows, maybe they'll move the signs.

Sounds like you need lights, or at least better ones.
bobfe is offline  
Old 05-31-05, 10:58 AM
  #27  
sbhikes
Dominatrikes
 
sbhikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Still in Santa Barbara
Posts: 4,920

Bikes: Catrike Pocket, Lightning Thunderbold recumbent, Trek 3000 MTB.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yes, I hate construction signs being in the bike lane. It's not so much a bike lane problem as it is a construction problem. They simply don't consider any other mode of transportation out there other than cars.

For example, I recall once they were digging a trench across an entire street and had placed steel plates across the trench so traffic could still pass. But what they did was place two steel plates where they expected car tires to be. I was on a motorscooter travelling down the center. It wasn't until the last possible moment I realized what was going on and still to this day I'm not even sure how I made it across. I did not feel my wheels on the steel. I think I flew across.

Another example is there is a local road going through construction right now. They've left huge 6 inch drop-offs everywhere and big huge blobs of asphalt. Very difficult maneuvering on a motorscooter with tiny little wheels. It's a minefield. A lot of cars get pretty annoyed with me slowing down in the middle of the street for what appears to them to be no apparent reason.
sbhikes is offline  
Old 05-31-05, 11:08 PM
  #28  
smurfy
Senior Member
 
smurfy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 1,158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
On the way home from work tonight there was a large "Newscenter 7" TV news van parked right on the bike path just over the bridge I was crossing. They were getting ready to do a live news report. I liked to have hung around until they actually broadcasted and then I would have grabbed the mike out of the reporter's hand and publicly scolded them on TV for blocking the bike path! But it was late and I just wanted to get home.
smurfy is offline  
Old 05-31-05, 11:58 PM
  #29  
jab
Ride more.
 
jab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by John E
Where is this? On the I-5 shoulder? Southbound from Roselle to Genesee, or northbound? Decades ago, cycling advocates (and some ambulance chasers) forced a significant change in road construction policy and civil engineering practice, specifically the replacement of tyre-swallowing grates with bicycle-friendly ones. Has CarTrance (sorry, CalTrans) taken a 30-year step backward?
I'm don't know which road UCSDbikeAnarchy is referring to, but I frequently ride the I-5 shoulder between Genesee and Sorrento in both directions.

The southbound shoulder has no significant fixed obstructions that I can think of, just the typical road debris and a bit of lumpy asphalt on the off-ramp.

The northbound shoulder has recently been re-paved, and the area cordoned off for bike use shifts from time to time. Recently, the bike area has been routed across several drainage gratings, the type with lateral pieces which are only a few inches apart (as in Roody's link). Even though they don't appear to be the evil bike-swallowing type, I still slow way down and navigate the narrow bits around the periphery rather than risk having a wheel tweaked.

-JAB
jab is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Grasschopper
Road Cycling
37
01-31-06 07:45 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.