Look, ma, no hands!

glyph in the bike path

I’m really quite obsessed with the glyphs that road crews spray on the pavement to indicate that they’re going to put a bike arrow there. They range from a simple triangle with wheels to intricate sketches like the one you see above.

You can find this little guy at the very end of the mile-long bike path on East Marginal, heading south. I appreciate seeing him every morning–he seems to be saying to me “So long and good luck!” because only a few yards past him the bike lane simply disappears, and cyclists are thrown to the mercy of the truck drivers.

Months of experimentation in taking this route have taught me that the best place for a cyclist once the bike lane vanishes is firmly in the middle of the right-hand lane. If you stay to the far right of the road, drivers won’t give you the clearance you need, but if you take the lane they’ll change lanes. And I’d rather not have a semi going 40 mph and trying to share the lane with me.

This cartoon by Bikeyface sums it up–although I have never been honked at for taking the lane on E. Marginal. There’s two lanes (three lanes in places) plus a center turn lane, and there’s never enough traffic that I hold anyone up.

Hmm. Sounds like the perfect candidate road for a bike lane. Wonder why they only went a couple miles then stopped?

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