Bike Lane

Gotta’ love our generous bike lanes. We don’t have a fully comprehensive network, but I appreciate the fact that we have bike lanes on many of our main thoroughfares. We owe a lot to the fact that our city has a full-time bike planner who knows his stuff and advocates for bicycling infrastructure.

6 Responses to “Bike Lane”

  • Jeff says:

    I totally agree, Alan. I live in Rocklin but I often ride in Roseville and I appreciate the commitment to cycling infrastructure.

  • David says:

    So what are the laws in regards to motor vehicles in the bike lane? What about motor vehicles entering and exiting side streets?
    I know who should have right of way but in reality who does have right of way?

    What type of enforcement is set up there?

  • Alan says:

    @David

    All the usual traffic laws apply regarding right-of-way. I find, for the most part, our local motorists to be relatively courteous. There are always a few scofflaws, but I encounter those regardless of what type of vehicle I’m using (bike, car, bus). A majority of our marked bike lanes are no-parking zones which are enforced fairly aggressively.

    Alan

  • David says:

    That’s great to hear Alan

    I’m on the Joint Transportation Committee representing the interests of cyclists and pedestrians here on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve been on the JTC for over 16 years now and though things have gotten better there is little enforcement about motor vehicles on the bike paths and bike lanes.
    From the perspective of the powers that be it’s all about getting the bikes out of the way and off the road.

  • Alan says:

    @David

    We’re essentially a bedroom community, so for the most part no one wants to park on the thoroughfares anyway – they’re too far away from homes and businesses. If our business and residential were more integrated, I suspect parking in bike lanes would be more of an issue.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    I love bike lanes. The most common form of bicycle infrastructure found in the US is the bike lane and I am glad we at least have them. On my commute route I have a bike lane for a various disjoint sections of it. I also ride 8 miles of MUP which has no intersections and no stop signs. A veritable bike highway at 7am. Built in part with transit money it is open 24 hours unlike some parks.

    I miss the much more connected and common bike infrastructure I had in Munich, especially the fact that bike infrastructure was separated from pedestrian use. But I am very happy to use and enjoy the infrastructure I do have. I am also aware that I have more than most areas of the US. Including where I grew up, Long Island, NY has much less bicycle infrastructure than the Greater Seattle Area.

    -Duncan

 
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