The second week of school is nearly finished, and I’m ready to get back to work covering the bicycle scene — here and around the world
I’ll be shooting video of the new bicycle lanes on Cherry east of Glenstone this weekend. I saw a picture on the Bicycle Friendly Springfield group on Facebook. I was happy to see that the chatter was soundly against this gutter lane.
I’ve been frankly flabbergasted at the pace of lane painting here lately and the poor quality of some of the lanes. Just scroll down and check out the videos from the past three weeks or so. I’ve been trying to account for why this is happening. One thought: The survey by The Network in which young professionals in town put bicycle friendliness at the top of their priorities for making Springfield more competitive in attracting and retaining young people.
Then I remembered something else. There’s been a post-card mailing campaign going on — run out of the local bicycle shops — targeting city officials. I heard regular reports at STAR Team meetings that people were sending in these cards asking for more bicycle friendliness. I didn’t pay much attention to this at the time because I was operating under the assumption (coming from STAR Team discussions) that the City of Springfield was not interested in painting lanes. Expanding the route system? Yes. Placing signs and sharrows on the route system? Yes. Expanding greenway trails? Yes.
Hmmmm… Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it, and it just might suck.