Linwood Lanes

I went out for a short ride yesterday afternoon — took the river path into downtown, then looped around to Franklin Street and north to Linwood.

They re-striped Linwood last fall, and this was my first time seeing it. It used to be a one-way street with two lanes of automobile traffic, heading north from North Street to Delavan. Now, it’s still one-way automobile traffic, but they cut that down to one lane and added bike lanes in both directions. Essentially, it’s a north-south bicycle “highway” from North Buffalo into downtown. Pretty cool.

6 Responses to “Linwood Lanes”

  1. Pitt says:

    How soon before the cars realize there’s still two lanes worth of space and resume driving two-abreast, and honking at the sporadic bicyclist who impedes them?

    A shockingly large number of Baltimore’s street’s aren’t even lined. However many cars wide will fit is how many lanes it is. Sidewalks count, if the curb isn’t too high.

  2. matt says:

    Fortunately, they did this with a street that doesn’t get a tremendous amount of auto traffic — it actually runs parallel to, and between, two major streets (Main and Delaware) with greater car capacity.

    They’re planning on doing something similar with Niagara Street this spring, which I’m looking forward to. That’s where I work, and it’s a dicey enough place to bike right now that I usually take a more roundabout route to avoid it.

  3. Waterwolf says:

    Linwood is where the psychiatric hospital is located—the street is lightly traveled for a reason. Sooooo, what are YOU doing on Linwood???

  4. BrianN says:

    You have lines on your streets? And you repaint them every once in a while?
    Ain’t you fancy.

    My favorite gift from Mass DOT is when they redo the lanes, but then don’t erase the old ones.

  5. Pitt says:

    My personal favorite is when the lines continue straight into a lane that is now closed off by large orange barrels or a concrete wall. Drivers continue following the lines until they realize that their car is subject to the immutable laws of physics, specifically, that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The vehicle then swerves abruptly.

  6. matt says:

    Took a long ride home after work yesterday, since the weather was so nice — ended up in a caravan of five or six cyclists riding in these new bike lanes. Good to see them being used.

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