[oclug] Parking for Aug Meeting
je_linux at kronos.honk.org
Wed Aug 1 22:37:28 EDT 2001
On Wed, 1 Aug 2001 bbarnett at l8r.net wrote:
> On 01-Aug-2001 Jon Earle wrote:
> > - You are dependant on modern roads -- your bike was delivered to you
> > a big truck driven on those roads.
> They could have been delivered by train, to a large downtown depot.. but it is
> a picky point ;)
I don't believe the freight trains run downtown these days.
> > alternatives were properly used. Motorized vehicles _have_ to use the
> > roads - you don't, and your attitude that "I'm simply entitled to" is
> > more harmful in the final analysis.
> In many cases, you "can't get here from there", or if you can, you have to
> travel 14kms (as I would have to) instead of 7kms, using bike paths. Since I
> have just as much right to the road, I choose to use it when its more
> convienent. That's about 85% of my trip.
> Its actually more pleasant to use a quiet bike path, so probably most people
> you see on the road are probably in the same situation. Its a big deal to go
> twice the distance when your feet power the vehicle ;). I do recall that some
> bike paths in some areas seem to meander all over the place, as if they are
> there just to take up space. The old transitway is one of those paths. Take
> the path and its 5 kms, off the path its 3 (and example, of course).
You're right in that bike paths don't go everywhere, and yes, they do
meander somewhat. But in the examples I cited, namely the parkways, the
bike paths pretty much parallel the parkway for a hefty portion of the
total distance. To me, it makes no sense to use the road (which has no
bike lane) when the bike path is just a few feet off the roadway.
I understand that when you're downtown, we all have to share the road,
which is fine. But, you'd never catch me riding my bike downtown - too
dangerous for my tastes (and who wants a face full of diesel soot from
those old bendy buses anyway).
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