|Nemesis Road; Colleyville, Texas|
On Friday, I learned that the loss in functionality affects people other than cyclists. A fire truck on an emergency call was westbound on Glade. You can imagine that passing was pretty stressful for that fire truck with that "pretty" median. I hope the people at the truck's destination didn't suffer (or worse) due to the poor road design. On my way home, I saw a guy on a bike trying to "be nice and ride far right" while riding down Glade. That is shown in the photo below. I followed discretely behind (I was going to turn left at the next street in any event), you can imagine this guy might have a lot of "close pass" stories. I was taught, as a cyclist, one should NEVER compromise one's safety simply to hug the curb. Perhaps this photo should be kept for any police officer not liking a cyclist controlling the lane on this street. Maybe this guy will someday decide to enable a "teachable moment." Maybe he'll simply wonder why motorists treat him poorly. Regardless, nobody honked at him and I don't think anyone would have really begrudged the 15 or 20 second delay that passing him safely might have entailed.
|You Tell Me, How Would One Pass This Cyclist Safely? Several Motorists Passed Him Anyway After I Made My Left Turn|
There IS a "Safe Routes to Shcool MUP to His Right, But it Ends in About 50 Feet and is Pretty Dangerous Even Before Then.