For at least four years I’ve been communicating with city officials and documenting road signs blocking bike lanes, and the problem still isn’t fixed. For this reason I’ve created this guide so the city can train their employees and subcontractors. If you see a sign violating this guide please take a picture and report it using the mobile app, or report it online, or call the Eugene maintenance line at (541 )682-4800 and complain. If you can please note the subcontractor who is making the violation and when/where it occurred.
Before I get to the pictures, let me explain why this is such a big deal:
- This is about safety – the bike lanes exist on these busy streets for a reason. “Just going around the sign” is much easier said then done, especially during rush hour, periods of low visibility for car drivers, on fast downhills, s-l-0-w uphills, and with multitudes of aggressive car drivers.
- This is about families – if you want to increase ridership, you have to let people feel safe and not kick them out of the bike lane needlessly. Not everyone feels able to take the lane or can ride the speed of traffic. A ten-year-old or parent with two kids on their bike can’t always “just go around the sign.”
- This is about predicable behavior – car drivers don’t expect bikers to weave in and out of lanes, and can rarely take our perspective and predict our behavior. They certainly can’t predict the behavior of a ten-year-old encountering these signs while biking to school.
- This is about respect – “Car lanes” are never blocked until the last possible moment, and we want the same consideration. It’s wrong to risk the lives of people on bikes to send a message to people in cars. There are other ways and this guide shows how.
- This it not about hating road construction in general or wanting special treatment.
- This is not anti-road sign. I like signs, I just want them to be in the correct place.
- This is not about blocking the sidewalk – when that is an issue this guide clearly shows that you can use the sign to straddle the bike lane and sidewalk so both users have room. I’m well versed in ADA.
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