and new sharrows on Arlington apparently! Pics soon!
Edit here are some pics, I took some video too, but you will have to wait till I get home for me to upload that stuff.
I have to say I am impressed with these lanes, They still seem to be missing markings in the underpass area, and they need to work a bit on the transitions at the ends (I suggest Boston’s first bike box!) but the entire experience of riding down this street has changed. You feel…AWESOME! No longer are you looking for doors opening on your right, while having cars zoom by on the left. Going through the underpass is a DREAM. You get the whole left lane to yourself, with a nice big buffer zone to keep cars out. You pop up on the other side and don’t have to worry about merging with traffic.
The basic way you used to have to take that underpass was move far to the left in the right hand lane (so people could see you and not try to go around the corner too fast) and then when you got to the top you had to merge with moving traffic. No more! Now you just sort of glide through easily and really the entire feel of it is great.
They even did a lot of work on the street in front of the public garden, getting you around the right hand turn. There are now sharrows on the left most and right most lane, when I get the video’s up you can see them in action.
I think this is a banner job from the city, and hope that we see more innovative solutions like this.
EDIT: here are the videos I promised
EDIT: Sorry about the pics can’t seem to get them to rotate, just flip your head to one side for now I guess 🙁
Also just heard that there are more markings and bike boxes coming soon to these lanes, so those of you worried about the transitions give it a couple days and then re-evaluate. Also heard that they are going to be green!
Tags: Bike Lanes, Comm. Ave, left hand, video
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