Popular Post TrentonMakes Posted October 23, 2017 Popular Post Share #1 Posted October 23, 2017 About 10 years ago I got involved with a bicycle master planning study that would implement a "road diet" on a minor roadway outside Princeton. This road has lots of residential on one side and lots of office and commercial on the other (thus - bicycle demand) but with four 11-foot lanes, and high speeds, it was brutal for cycling. This road sees a lot of diverted traffic during peak hours when the parallel Route 1 is backed up (which is daily). After years of making its way through approvals it finally got done - it was completed by my old firm but I drew the striping plans while I was still there (I also wrote the report addressing concerns about reduced lanes and effects on capacity). So my goal was to get out there and ride it. This is what it looked like previously: and now: A caveat - I had no involvement with the "fire lane" legends and I'm not sure it makes sense to label the median as such. It looks like they actually widened this intersection a little so the bike lanes could continue through the intersection. That's a later change too, but a good one (though the lane alignment through the intersection suffers a little). I rode the bike lanes down and back (just over 3 miles round trip). Very nice. But I guess I didn't consider how much of a ride I was signing up for, and given my 2-month layoff since my last ride I may have overextended myself a little. I began considering the flattest (safe) route home, and pursued it. I did stop in Princeton for a little rest and a snack, near a sculpture that has some history for the band Phish (and since no one else here cares I won't bother elaborating). But it's in a nice spot. I had the pleasure of changing a flat here once last summer. Mercifully, I made it home after 44 miles, some 1500 climbing feet, and a better average speed than I'd have expected. I had enough energy to take a garage-door shot of the bike. I hope I did it right - I recognize that the pine needles might be a violation. thanks for lookin'! Despite my legs, which almost felt tired from the start, it was really great to be out on the bike again (and great to be outside, sweating, in short sleeves). 11 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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