June 2, 2015

I am not making this up

We don't have a "Peoples Republic of Boulder" category? After all these years?

I am just going to set this out for the locals:

To make room for bikes, Boulder to test fewer vehicle lanes

"Right-sizing" pilot programs to be installed this summer after City Council weighs in

For the out of towners, I have to share that I have completely stopped going to Boulder for anything. I can sneak into company HQ when needed using country roads to the outskirts. But Boulder proper is impermeable to automotive traffic, and it is generally accepted that the pooh-bahs on City Council like it like that: suckier traffic will force alternatives at the margins.

The lovely bride and I moved our medical stuff up to Fort Collins -- thirty miles away instead of fifteen, but obviating Boulder traffic.

The fix is so obvious, though, I did not see it. Convert some of the traffic lanes to bike paths. Now, why didn't I think of that?

Colorado Posted by John Kranz at June 2, 2015 5:27 PM

Yeah, man... like those bike jams are so well attended.. uh, wait...

Palo Alto, CA; meet Boulder, CO. Sister cities indeed!

Posted by: nanobrewer at June 3, 2015 12:12 AM

Other articles claim that it is counterintuitive but that it does alleviate congestion (I file those with the studies that say you have to eat chocolate to lose weight).

But my objection is what William Easterly calls the tyranny of experts. "They" have this vision in Boulder which has little room for cars or bourgeoisie accoutrements and will cram it down residents' throats until they fall in line (or move to Erie).

Posted by: jk at June 3, 2015 9:54 AM

In my experience, cyclists will use sidewalks when they find the road inconvenient, regardless of the danger it may pose to pedestrians. I'd propose motorists follow their lead - if the automobile lanes seem inconvenient while you're driving, just hop over into the bike lanes.

Posted by: AndyN at June 3, 2015 11:22 AM

... or the sidewalks.

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