You are exactly correct about the problem that formerly existed. However, if 
anyone had asked, my proposed solution would be to revoke the driver's licenses 
of the offending motorists, and to impound their vehicles. Including at least 
one police car I saw in the bike lane.

As a compromise, I would have settled for simply ticketing them. 

The current 'solution' doesn't address the real problem, which is careless 
driving. I've already had several cars cross over in front of me, across the 
solid white lines (as opposed to behind me, across the dashed lines).  

Unless the city is willing to ticket these drivers, all that engineering isn't 
going to make me feel safe. 

The current striping might be consistent with some definition of 'standard'. 
But I doubt that such a standard takes into account the pod people from the 
sprawl-burbs who have an overt hostility to the spandex crowd that frequents 
this road.

Also, in the south-bound lane, motorists routinely cut the corner as the road 
curves about 50 feet south of the intersection, cutting into the bike lane. 


---- David Vogt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
> The primary and oft-repeated concern we heard from our members regarding
> this interchange is that the incoming bike lane on Seminole was inevitably
> used as a right-turn lane by cars entering the Beltline.  This was not an
> occasional occurrence, but rather, an everyday occurrence that effectively
> _eliminated_ the bike lane altogether during the morning rush.  This clearly
> created a safety hazard for bicyclists.
> The plan that the BFW reviewed solved the primary problem at the expense of
> some bike lane width.  The bike lane meets state standards for required
> width.  While it would have been nice to see the full lane width retained
> AND elminate the conflict with right-turning motorists, the BFW felt that
> eliminating the conflict - and the safety hazard it created - was more
> important.
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