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Old 11-08-08, 12:17 PM
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If your city could grant you one wish...

I would like to see a cycling safety program that could convince cyclists to get off the sidewalks and get out safely in the street.

If you could get your city to provide just one thing that would make your cycling life easier, what would it be?
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Old 11-08-08, 01:04 PM
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I have long wanted it to be mandatory for people buying bikes to know about the law regarding riding them. All of my closest calls while cycling in the city have been due to other cyclists. I think that all bike shops should have to show a little 10 minute instructional video when a bike is purchased. Everyone ends up standing around the shop while fenders are mounted, cables are tightened etc, so it wouldn't be an undue hardship. 10 min on a little portable DVD player. Not a perfect solution, and it would only reach those folks buying new bikes, but I think it would go a long way to combating what I suspect is simply ignorance on the part of a lot of new cyclists. This is something I think that a city could pass a by-law to require.
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Old 11-08-08, 01:31 PM
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More signage to remind everyone to share the road, identify crosswalks, and make everyone aware of rules of the road concerning bicycling.
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Old 11-08-08, 01:34 PM
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a bike lane on most major roads would be nice, particularly the ones that run the entire length of the city
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I live in a small town not far from a fairly small city, less than ten miles across. I'd like to see cars banned from the city centre, with only residents allowed in the residential streets. There are park and ride places a couple of miles outside the city in all directions, an excellent bus service, it's horrible to drive in and expensive to park in, so it shouldn't be too much of a hardship.
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Old 11-08-08, 02:03 PM
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A job would be pretty good.
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Old 11-08-08, 02:05 PM
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If you could get your city to provide just one thing that would make your cycling life easier, what would it be?
I want them to widen Markham for its entire length so that there would be room for bicyclists, and riding from west Little Rock to Little Rock wouldn't be as risky as it is now. Like that will ever happen.
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Old 11-08-08, 02:24 PM
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I'd ban non HPV traffic (save emergency vehicles, which would be limited to 10 mph) throughout city limits between sunrise and sunset.
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Old 11-08-08, 04:15 PM
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sweep bike lanes and intersections; especially around college campus where there are many broken beer bottles
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Old 11-08-08, 04:59 PM
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Give me 100 trillion dollars.

Then I'll move away to the Netherlands and use a horrendously expensive custom made new bike everyday, dump it wherever when I don't feel like riding anymore.
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Old 11-08-08, 05:11 PM
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If you could get your city to provide just one thing that would make your cycling life easier, what would it be?
Shoulders on all the main roads, and wide non-main roads.
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Old 11-08-08, 05:44 PM
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Yea, I wouldn't as for much, just decent shoulders on main roads and overpasses. Maybe a reduction in the speed limit.
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Old 11-08-08, 08:35 PM
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Ban the cars?

On a serious note, we're way to sprawled for a bus centric transit system. We need rail based transit that can help speed up commute times and provide a more efficient way to travel via mass transit. The city, by and large, is pretty easy by bike. Effective mass transit would make cycling here so, so much better.
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Old 11-08-08, 09:10 PM
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Not really city but state, I would love to see them start back up on the rails to trails from houston to austin.
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on a serious note, we're way to sprawled for a bus centric transit system. We need rail based transit that can help speed up commute times and provide a more efficient way to travel via mass transit. The city, by and large, is pretty easy by bike. Effective mass transit would make cycling here so, so much better.
+1

Much more rail would be WONDERFUL!! That was one of the things I loved about France.
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Old 11-08-08, 09:22 PM
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I didn't vote for him, but I am hoping the change in our national leadership is a positive sign. With the rail passenger act that was recently signed, California's massive rail project and the variety of rail projects popping up across the state I am hoping for a big change and a new direction for our infrastructure.

For me locally, old Columbus-the original city core and even into our first ring suburbs-is amazingly bike-able. We just have an uphill battle being a midwest city where the car is king and the public mentality that has prevented positive change. In a discussion round table earlier this year on a proposed street car, one local developer, and I believe member of the board that oversees the current bus system, remarked that we didn't need mass transit. We already had it in the way of freeways.
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Old 11-08-08, 09:28 PM
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I'd like bike lanes every 6 blocks or so, both vertically and horizontally, but on lesser-traveled roads a block east/west/north/south/whatever from a major car street. On these designated roads, there would be less stop signs so cyclists can move easily, but have some 4-way stops where cyclists are exempt. On the crossroad, there would be a sort of "cross bike traffic does not stop" with some special color-code for bike streets.
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Old 11-08-08, 09:54 PM
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Last year, the city hired 30 new police officers. So I would dearly love to see some of our fine young officers doing speed traps and red light stings.

I visited my parents last month, and drove for the first time in years. I had half convinced myself that people couldn't possibly be speeding as much as I thought... turns out, my eyeballs are just as well calibrated as they were 4 years ago. The average Madison driver is going at least 5mph over the speed limit, and they're often going 10-20mph over the limit.

I see far too many people run red lights. Car drivers, trucks, motorcycles, scooters and cyclists all do it. At a few intersections, it is due to a dangerously short yellow, but most of the time, the person is being plain reckless. It's quite scary, since you can never be *sure* that a car will stay put and not T-bone you.
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Old 11-08-08, 11:14 PM
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Louisville Kentucky has been working hard to improve things for cyclists.

They've added signage, sharrows, and bike lanes. The bike lanes are "door lanes", which sucks. Drivers seem to ignore the signage and sharrows. I've been yelled at to get out of the road, while in a lane marked with sharrows, and signs telling motorists to yield to bicycles.

The city has also been doing a TV and web campaign to educate drivers and cyclists about the law, and the city throws a twice a year bike ride led by the mayor. It hasn't changed driver's habits.

I'm not really sure much can be done at the city level to fix the mentality of most drivers.

However, I would love if the most dangerous intersections and interchanges with freeways had a bicycle bypass. I loathe riding where there are ramps entering and exiting to my right.
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Bicycle freeways.
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Old 11-09-08, 07:22 AM
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Last year, the city hired 30 new police officers. So I would dearly love to see some of our fine young officers doing speed traps and red light stings.

I visited my parents last month, and drove for the first time in years. I had half convinced myself that people couldn't possibly be speeding as much as I thought... turns out, my eyeballs are just as well calibrated as they were 4 years ago. The average Madison driver is going at least 5mph over the speed limit, and they're often going 10-20mph over the limit.

I see far too many people run red lights. Car drivers, trucks, motorcycles, scooters and cyclists all do it. At a few intersections, it is due to a dangerously short yellow, but most of the time, the person is being plain reckless. It's quite scary, since you can never be *sure* that a car will stay put and not T-bone you.
Nothing scarier than crossing a intersection when you have a green and you hear tires screeching to a halt and see a car coming towards as they are trying to run a light have had this happen more times than I would like and thank god I have yet to be hit. it always reminds me look both ways then cross even on green.
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Old 11-09-08, 04:14 PM
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I vote for a binding master traffic plan to gradually adopt Living Streets over the next 20 to 30 years.
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If the city could grant me one wish I'd want the power and budget to redesign, develop and implement the entire city transportation model.
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I have long wanted it to be mandatory for people buying bikes to know about the law regarding riding them. All of my closest calls while cycling in the city have been due to other cyclists. I think that all bike shops should have to show a little 10 minute instructional video when a bike is purchased. Everyone ends up standing around the shop while fenders are mounted, cables are tightened etc, so it wouldn't be an undue hardship. 10 min on a little portable DVD player. Not a perfect solution, and it would only reach those folks buying new bikes, but I think it would go a long way to combating what I suspect is simply ignorance on the part of a lot of new cyclists. This is something I think that a city could pass a by-law to require.
Better yet, just have it playing off to the side on repeat. Everyone visiting the shop will have a chance to watch it, even if they're just buying tubes.

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Nothing scarier than crossing a intersection when you have a green and you hear tires screeching to a halt and see a car coming towards as they are trying to run a light have had this happen more times than I would like and thank god I have yet to be hit. it always reminds me look both ways then cross even on green.
Heck, I look both ways before crossing a one-way street. I figure that if someone's going the wrong way, they REALLY don't know what they're doing, and, therefore, are much more dangerous.

All these transportation restructuring ideas would be nice, of course, but they would be in vain if people still ride like idiots.
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