Nothing has changed since NYS DOT added another five seconds to the green phase on Burnett Blvd in front of their Region 8 HQ building to give bicyclists a generous ten seconds to cross six lanes of traffic from a standing start.
The Subaru WRX next to us will have no trouble clearing the intersection:
Ten seconds later, he’s far down the road (barely visible under the median signage) and I’m just lining up with the third traffic lane:
Four seconds later, traffic on Rt 55 gets a green signal and I’m almost lined up on the far side:
You’d think with all the emphasis on bicycling these days, NYS DOT would be receptive to change, but … there’s a reason I’m such a bitter, cynical person on that subject.
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You have to wonder just how many people they put together to elect a committee to form a study, only to spend 2 minutes on this issue with this particular “solution”. It’s likely way too complicated, but I certainly understand your frustration. I wouldn’t dare ride on a road out where I live in rural America for fear of having things thrown at me or worse. We are living in a vastly different country now, where people are being encouraged to show their worst side it seems. Fortunately I can ride on my own property but it’s all hills and doesn’t allow for distance riding too well. I haven’t taken my bike anywhere since Feb now due to weather or “The Covid”. Seems like in an area/state where bikes are so prevalent the least they could do is have a fair study and allow input from the average cyclist for acceptable time limits. Everyone is just “so busy” and “so important” … Your bitterness is recognized and understood.
When the subject came up in the ’90s, the non-cyclists would claim “Bicyclists don’t pay gas taxes, so neener neener neener.” This ignores the fact that local roads (at least in California) are paid by property taxes, and at that time, gas taxes went to state highways. (Well now, the Cal gas tax money goes to more important things (says the governor) that have nothing to do with highways, reason #98534.5 why I’m glad to have left there in ’03.)
Bicycle stores are now sold out and plenty of folks are cycling around, so one might expect DOT would soon begin the process of thinking about how to evaluate the possibility of a process leading to “making our highway systems safe and functional for all users”, but I no longer expect such things.
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