In recent days, I’ve been seeing lots of new bike lane and sharrow markings down on Springfield’s streets. While I’ve not been a big advocate of marked lanes in the past, I think the increased presence and visibility is a good thing.
It seems like as more markings have been put down, drivers are becoming more aware and courteous toward me as I’m traversing these streets. Hopefully, this anecdotal evidence is not just a figment of my imagination but the seeds of something better in Springfield.
The bulk of the marked streets are in and around our urban core, MSU, and OTC at this point. I would really like to see those expand to the south and east sides of town. There are literally pockets of places where you just can’t get by bike without risking limb and ire by driving your bike down a major traffic thoroughfare. If some of those problem areas could be addressed, it would open up more options for folks who are “stranded” in those areas. If that happened, I think you would see a big influx of bike commuters here in town.
I see it as progress, and I’ll take what I can get!
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