City defends "dangerous" bike lanes



The Trails and Open Space Coalition is calling out the city for installing “confusing, frightening, and dangerous” bike lanes on Austin Bluffs Boulevard near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

According to the TOSC website, cyclists are complaining about lanes which seem to guide cyclists directly into oncoming traffic.

“The fact that an alternative path exists but has no signage shows the lack of thought put into this project,” the site states. “City Planning says the plans for this project were developed years ago. We say that’s no excuse for not seeing the problems ahead of time and working to create a solution.”

The city, however, says the bike lanes have been in place for years and only minor modifications have been made to increase rider safety where bike lanes are in conflict with off-ramp traffic. The new design, city spokesperson Kim Melchor says via email, is intended to make cyclists more visible to traffic and to give them better sight-lines when crossing. The lanes are not yet complete, she says, and signage is planned for the area.

The idea for the lane design, by the way, came from the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. You can check that out here:
See related PDF FHWA_and_Oregon_Bike_Lane_Guidelines_for_Crossing_Ramps__1_.pdf
“We are installing bike lanes that provide the safest movement for cyclists,” Melchor says via email. “However, the cyclist should assess their riding ability and experience before attempting [traveling] on any bike lane with traffic.”

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