Manitowoc Election what it means for drivers

I found out on the news about who got voted in for the city of Manitowoc,  I am not going to mention names as I am very concerned about this very pro-bicycle persons agenda.

That pesky “wheel tax” could come back,  down town could be closed to motor vehicles,  among other feel good do nothing legislation that could be implemented at the local level,  I won’t be naming those off just in case they are reading this, however the bicycle lobby generally ignores what others have to say unless it helps their agenda, I am not going to further the bicycle lobbies war on driving.

Scanner Report 9/8/2015

According to scanner reports there was a bicyclist on highway 151, three calls reportedly came in. No clear whereabouts were given on the bicyclists location.   It’s pretty foolish to ride a bicycle on that road either direction ( considering it was a foggy morning ), especially the portion where the speeds are the highest.  One thing bugs me, why do bicyclists not care about their own safety?  Why do bicyclists refuse to exercise caution & common sense?

Bicycles should be prohibited anywhere the speed limit is over 25 mph for there safety.

Milwaukee group bike ride

I don’t know the roads in Milwaukee at all, I never drove to Milwaukee,  however, I found an article from urban Milwaukee

where there is a bicyclist that has “bicycles allowed full lane”  however, when you look at the article picture they are using the FULL WIDTH of the road way!! Full lane doesn’t mean bicyclist gets to take up the whole road way,  unless it is a real WIDE one way street they’re on, which I mostly doubt, ( I do not know the intersection point they are at, otherwise  ). If anyone has more information,  leave a comment.

Bicycling takes over Manitowoc, share the road awareness

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.

Great state budget news

Wisconsin is now the first state to repeal complete streets!

Some thing about a 2 million cut to transportation alternative funding, instead of trying to get more members to bully politicians, bicyclists could pay for there own bicycle infrastructure, the bicycle advocate could hold on to the money instead,  and they could pay up when the project starts ( this is called thinking outside the box ).

  Any project will still require consideration of pedestrians & bicyclists,  but at local level now. Local governments will have to authorize pedestrian & bicycle project installations.  This can be a good thing if your city/town/village hasn’t adopted complete streets legislation locally,  you can check here to see if your area has complete streets legislation.  They also have a PDf file at the bottom of their page that lists everything bi-monthly.