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Old 03-28-18, 08:30 AM
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Does this kind of thing happen in your city too?

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Main artery into and out of Houston for bike commuters. Needless to say there were multiple other spots available to place this material but instead it was placed on a bike path, because who uses those anyway.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:32 AM
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I'd make a call to the city right away and give them a piece of my mind.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:43 AM
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Old 03-28-18, 08:48 AM
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how about this?
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Old 03-28-18, 08:51 AM
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that would really surprise me in the greater Boston area & surrounding suburbs

that's probably temporary, but planting new grass would mean more work for the ppl who don't care about complaints from path users
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Old 03-28-18, 08:51 AM
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Let's just get this out of the way.

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Toronto's a big city. I've never seen it myself but I wouldn't be surprised if it did happen in parks and trails I've never been. Bike lanes downtown get blocked by construction all the time.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:59 AM
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There were a myriad of other staging areas available to stage this material. not construction. music festival.
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Old 03-28-18, 09:00 AM
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In Houston we seem to reserve our city bike lanes for parking.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Let's just get this out of the way.

Toronto's a big city. I've never seen it myself but I wouldn't be surprised if it did happen in parks and trails I've never been. Bike lanes downtown get blocked by construction all the time.
The point was they didn't have to dump that on the bike trail. There's space on either side of it.

Downtown Toronto there's no space, but still a nuisance.
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Old 03-28-18, 01:35 PM
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Look on the bright side, you can do some trial on the way to work!
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Originally Posted by Tombaatar View Post
In Houston we seem to reserve our city bike lanes for parking.
Well isn't Houston the oil & gas industry capital of the world?
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well considering it would kill the grass pretty quickly... and the truck that dropped it pff would have certainly turfed up the lawn... I think its a good call, but thats just me.... and I dont get worked up over little stuff.
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They figured its cheaper to not have to replant all the dead grass if they put it on the lawns..

too bad you are incapable of walking your bike around it, it would save you from all this humiliating exposure of your weakness.





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Old 03-28-18, 03:32 PM
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Wouldn't happen in Oakland, CA. That whole area would be packed full of homeless folks and their mountains of trash. In fact, those panels would be GONE and the city would have to go around to all of the encampments across town to reclaim them after the homeless used them to build shelters.

Just for reference, google image search "Oakland homeless camps" and see how bad things could be.

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Old 03-28-18, 03:47 PM
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As far as grass, how much you want to bet someone will be complaining about bicycle ruts in the grass next to those deck pieces.

Elsewhere?

https://bikeportland.org/2018/01/09/...-summer-264033

One of the major bike paths in Portland is scheduled to be closed this summer due to a wetlands restoration project. And, of course, they have to do the wetlands project in the summer, i.e. peak cycling season.

And, the shut-down has nothing to do with the bike path... just the city deemed that it was the easiest access point for their project (ignoring the rail lines next to it).
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Old 03-28-18, 06:29 PM
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Yes, that sort of thing is pretty routine in Eugene. I also concur with the person from Oakland that the homeless would privatize the material before it could be used.
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Too bad bicycles are like a railway and can't steer around obstacles.
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Too bad bicycles are like a railway and can't steer around obstacles.
Well, cars are highly maneuverable. They should have left the stuff in the parking lot.
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Such small minded people to think that the grass would be the only place to put it. As I clearly stated the options to lay down this material are many. ďBut look. Here is a nicely paved bike path. Why not put it there?Ē If you donít think that is rude, Iím okay with that.
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Btw. That is a stage from a for profit music festival. It was simply laziness and convenience that chose that location. Not necessity. I contacted the city cycling liaison and they said they would see to it that it was removed today.
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I'd make a call to the city right away and give them a piece of my mind.
This. And it wouldn't be a bad idea to get the name of the company/contractor. Complaints have more push when someone's name (someone to blame) is dropped. I've seen places where they block the entire block of sidewalk with no warning or pedestrian safety area as well.
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They close whole parts of DC depending on the event. We’re used to it.
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The issue is not the closure -- everyone accepts that. Rather, whether they do it with the least amount of impact to those that routinely use that space.

Did the contractors construct a secure walkway alongside traffic or do they just dump pedestrian into traffic or onto a hazardous rocky, dusty construction patch where pedestrian have to fend for themselves to get across to their destination?

In the case of cyclist, the road can be restricted to one lane where all traffic must fight to converge with no possible space or room to maneuver pass a lone cyclist, and clueless motorist all but recklessly attempt to "tailgate" the cyclist off the road rather than wait the 30 seconds needed before the road widens again. This is my biggest issue here in LA.
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I'm fairly happy as long as people in cars don't try to kill me. So...I'm happy probably 3 commutes a week. The small stuff like that doesn't bother me too much.

However...10 cars lining up for a car wash entrance, in the middle of the bike lane, forcing me into the traffic lane, really does kind of piss me off
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Old 03-30-18, 08:13 PM
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Looks like a job for the park-corps riders
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