opinions on new "bike route" on Quinnipiac
- Hey, kids,
This weekend I noticed that there's suddenly 2 signs that say "bike
route/share the road" with a bike graphic along Quinnipiac avenue going
south- one just south of the grand street bridge and one four blocks later,
close to the ferry street bridge turn-off, by Jepson elementary school.
These seem strange to me, and are definitely related to how Fair Haven
heights has been up in arms about the increased traffic and congestion
following the ferry street bridge closing. At a previous community meeting
with the city planners, I pointed out that the re-laned grand street bridge
is now too narrow for car + bike in a single lane, so a "share the road"
sign on the bridge itself would be helpful. Instead, these ones on
Quinnipiac appeared, along with some other traffic-calming devices which are
still in progress. This summer should see striping for parking or actual
bump-outs put in, new crosswalks at all intersections on that strip, and
speed-measuring signs, and I hear there's chance of a future mile-long walk
and bike river trail some day. Painting a real bike lane has been rejected
repeatedly. So right now, it's a very unpleasant ride, always either
congested or full of speeders or both- not how I see a bike route at all.
I'm really of two minds on this, as I think bike routes are great, but
quinnipiac is honestly a horrible road for bikers, and I'm not sure that we
should be teaching New haven drivers that this is what a bike-route looks
like. I certainly don't want our upcoming route to East Rock to be like
Quinnipiac is now. Also, if I were a new biker who didn't understand the
history of the neighbourhood, I'd be extremely confused as to where the rest
of the alleged bike route was. But maybe this is a great opportunity to
reclaim Quinnipiac as part of a ring-around-the-city...
What does everyone else think?