HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED CONFLICT?
In our December issue of The Pedal Post (eNewsletter), Bike Fort Collins posed the question: “Have you experienced conflict, or right-of-way confusion at the intersection of “Linden St. and the Poudre Trail while riding your bike?”
Thank you to those who responded. Below is a recap of the results.
In addition, for those who reported conflict, we asked them to describe their experience. Here is a sampling of the responses we received:
- “Cars not yielding.”
- “Given the volume of bike traffic the curb cut is too narrow and causes conflict with other bike users and car traffic. Also the bus stop has the bus moving into the bike lane and causes conflict with bikes.”
- “Almost hit by other cyclists or cars confused about where the bike trail continues.”
- “Vehicles coming too fast from both directions. I ended up riding on the sidewalk against traffic. Illegal.”
- “Hard to see traffic as intersection is reached and traffic never stops for bicyclists or pedestrians.”
- “Sometimes the car yields. Sometimes the bike. sometimes the street biker blows through the Zebra.”
“Bikes crossing the street when traffic has the right-of-way.”
HOW CAN IT BE IMPROVED?
Finally, we asked respondents how they thought the intersection/facility could be improved. Here is a sampling of the responses we received:
- “Speed bumps.”
- “Yes, make the curb cut wider to support bikes going both directions at the same time. The turns cause bikes to go wide. There should be an easier way to turn right heading to downtown. The current alignment causes bikes to move left and then take a sharp right. There could be a sepearte right turn if the bus stop was in a different location.”
“Seriously need an underpass.”
“Can both sides be “bike friendly”? Meaning, could you cross at either intersection to go over the bridge? We have done it both ways.Seriously need an underpass.”
I’m sorry to have missed this survey! This is one of the sites that I have brought to the City’s attention in the the past. In fact I had Tessa Greegor and Gerry Horak come and bike it with me back in 2013! I also spoke with Syl Mireles at transportation. He drew traffic diagrams for me on a chalk board! At that time there was no yellow sign “TraiI users use caution….” I was concerned how trail users were dumped onto Linden and Lincoln without any warning. I argued that anyone loving their carefree traffic-free ride, and unfamiliar with the impending intersection (visiting parents, tourists, children oh my!) would toodle right into traffic.
At some point Tessa, I assume, had that yellow sign added. I’m not sure it quite does the job. Too much to read, too late in the game.
Anytime a protected multi-use path abruptly becomes no longer protected, you have trouble.
I am used to the intersection, but I’d say it is a nightmare for trail users and drivers alike. It has to be designed to be safe for a first-timer.
(Certainly there are other problems as well, as folks have noted.)