Things May Get Worse

I believe it is entirely possible that as more people begin driving bicycles we’ll begin to see a backlash in some parts of the country. For example, we have a state representative planning to introduce a bill to ban bicycles from certain state highways in Missouri.

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  1. Keri wrote:

    I saw that yesterday. The photo looks like a perfect example of Inclusive Design — it supports bicyclists who prefer the road with full lane use and provides a path for bicyclist who prefer an off-road facility (in an appropriate context, it appears).

    Brattin’s attempt to legislate his personal prejudice is indefensible.

    The MoBikeFed position is kinda pathetic though—bemoaning the lack of bike lanes and blaming that for this situation. Bicyclists have a full 11ft lane, they can get plenty of passing clearance, can ride 2-abreast easily, don’t have to contend with debris and as a bonus MoDOT installed BMUFL signs. The new highway is not causing “conflicts between bicyclists and motorists,” it’s causing caterwauling from car-centric bigots who feel a threat to their dominion. There’s plenty of room for everyone there, they just don’t want to share it.

    We don’t fight discrimination by asking to be marginalized because our equality might offend bigots.

    Posted 05 Feb 2013 at 3:00 pm
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    I agree with Keri on the engineering points, but have to ask whether anyone is the least bit surprised that someone would introduce such a bill. “Build it and they will come” applies here: if you build a sidepath, the politicians will come–and try to stick you there. Further, I imagine the bean counters thought that providing both bike lanes and a sidepath were duplicative in nature, not looking at the need to accommodate both “road” and “path” cyclists. Frankly, to the non cyclist (and to many cycling advocates) its a non-starter.

    If this were NM, the bill would have to go through several committees before being put to a full vote in either house. Its time for the cycling community in MO to line up its friends, make lucid arguments, and make sure this gets tabled or voted down in committee.

    Posted 05 Feb 2013 at 3:58 pm
  3. Andy Cline wrote:

    We have a lot of must-have-lanes and must-increase-participation advocates here. So, yeah, the whole shoulda-painted-lanes thing :-(

    Posted 06 Feb 2013 at 7:42 am