View from the handlebars

fullsizeoutput_1279I’ve just added some new photos to my A View from the Handlebars photo album, if you are interested. At almost 900 photos strong now, it showcases a wide range of bike infrastructure (and lack of) in our public spaces known as streets. For more about bike riding in the USA, see my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike.

Note on this photo: This is from my bike ride yesterday. It’s in the business district with the largest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in the southeastern United States. It’s great there is a bike lane on this road because the mere presence of a bike lane does tend to make drivers more alert, but it’s too narrow and the speed limit is too high for unprotected bike infrastructure. So, there’s room for improvement, and thankfully, there is actually an aggressive plan for a multi-use path network in this area. Plus, there are hardly any bike racks at any destinations so that needs to change as well. Bikeshare may be coming to this area soon, too — I would recommend ebikes because it is hilly and hot. The motor vehicle traffic is lighter at lunchtime than during commute hours so I could see office workers using bikeshare to run errands or go to lunch. As for yesterday, I was the only bike rider I saw.

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