One thing I notice, in all these awareness campaigns, is a subtle arrogance to it.
There are never any awareness campaigns for non-drivers to be aware of the dangers that motorized traffic poses if you don’t use caution & commonsense.
I am not against bicycling, but forcing it upon people isn’t going to help it’s cause.
I also notice bicyclists demand instant respect like they’re privileged, no you aren’t special because you’re on a bicycle, remember you want to be a vehicle, so you have to follow the same laws as a motor vehicle.
You can apparently be under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances & ride a bicycle according to the laws ( the bike league has a list of states on bicycling laws ), what was that about the same rights as a motor vehicle? These loopholes need to be CLOSED!
Bicyclists claim to want to be safe, but there are some who are riding on county road Q and R north of Manitowoc, that is incredibly dangerous. Staying safe on a bicycle requires the bicycle operator to have something not so common, common sense on where to ride & where not to.
Why is there so much resistance to educating non-drivers?
Riding at night, I often see bicycles with no lights on. What if motorists did an awareness drive at night with no lights on? ( of course I am being sarcastic here to get a point across ) How about an awareness drive, driving at 5 to 7 mph on a 45mph or higher road way? ( Again sarcasm, they want to bring motorists down to their speed )
Maybe motorists should sell their motor vehicles and get a farm implement, I often see enclosed tractors that are slightly bigger then a regular riding lawn mower on road ways. Just to note I have no knowledge at this time about the laws or regulations to operate these on the roadways.
Complete streets, which is the stench of smart growth ( anything that takes away parking or driving lanes is anti-car )
If anyone wants to know what complete streets does, you can go to Two Rivers , and drive up to the north end to 45th ST. They have taken away parking completely on one side, and given it to bicycles, and they wonder why people are angry!
Here is the minutes from the complete streets advisory committee
People that live on Menasha ave, & Reed Ave between 2nd & 8th streets, You are at risk to losing on street parking. If you would like to know where to look or follow this issue on your own, you can go here http://www.manitowoc.org/index.aspx?NID=1906
I am going to list some streets that may end up with bicycle lanes, S 35th between meadow Lane, and Viebahn St. If you want to avoid buying a house where future bicycle lanes maybe put, I would avoid it.
I am unsure about 10th St. Rapids road south of Waldo Blvd, is another possibility where they could take a lane each direction & give it to bicycles.
Maritime Dr is another road that could lose a lane each direction, yes they already have a off road paved pathway, but a lane each direction could be given to bicycles.
W Custer St, west of Rapids Rd, it looks like it is ready for sidewalks, and it is wide enough for bike lanes, not sure where they would go except Vits Park. The rest of Custer St looks wide enough for bicycle lanes.
18th from Magnolia Ave going south to where it changes to Revere Dr to where it changes to S 21st up to Washington St They could take a lane away each direction and put a bicycle lane there.
All these roads people could lose on street parking.
I will look more into road ways that could end up with bicycle lanes in the future for both Two Rivers & Manitowoc.