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I just read an interesting article about bikes being the next great technology. If "the bicycle is the most commonly used mode of transportation around the world, why aren't bikes more visible?" Then why is it we must be thought of as secondary on the roadways?

A.T.A. just sent an email touting completion of two new bike projects and the start of two more (not counting the Bloomingdale trail). "A World-Class Bikeways Network Comes to Life"

Oh boy, we're up to 6.5 miles of neighborhood bikeways progress ... that's almost enough to get me to work (if it were end to end and where I need it).

Yippee, 6.5 miles.

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I guess we could sit here an bemoan the fact that there are only 6.5 miles of bikeways or we could be happy that we have any.

We could also work on the fact that we belong on the street, any and every street, regardless of bikeways.

I concur, unless of course, the bikeways are part of the street and not some addition off the beaten paths.

notoriousDUG said:

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We could also work on the fact that we belong on the street, any and every street, regardless of bikeways.

Uhh, bicycles have been around for over 100 years. How exactly are they the next great technology, again? It's not like bicycles are anything new.

Bloomingdale trail looks nice, but it also runs right next to another, longer bike route, Armitage Avenue.

Looks like a good place to build a boathouse then?

Peenworm Grubologist said:

Bloomingdale trail looks nice, but it also runs right next to another, longer bike route, Armitage Avenue.

We're allowed on the streets, we are not welcome and there are many that say we don't belong on the streets.

If we truly belonged on the streets, would there be any need for bikeways?

notoriousDUG said:

I guess we could sit here an bemoan the fact that there are only 6.5 miles of bikeways or we could be happy that we have any.

We could also work on the fact that we belong on the street, any and every street, regardless of bikeways.

Ironic, isn't it ...

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/the-next-grea...

Adam Herstein said:

Uhh, bicycles have been around for over 100 years. How exactly are they the next great technology, again? It's not like bicycles are anything new.

I like the boathouse idea, if the Bloomingdale Trail went a little further east, like to the river; that would be way cool.

James BlackHeron said:

Looks like a good place to build a boathouse then?

Peenworm Grubologist said:

Bloomingdale trail looks nice, but it also runs right next to another, longer bike route, Armitage Avenue.

Maybe a strategically-placed boathouse could block the Bloomingdale Trail from heading any further East...

Check, & Mate!

No, there would not be a need for bikeways if we belonged on the street but what does that have to do with you bitching about the addition of new bikeways not being enough bikeways?

Maybe you can start complaining about them being there vs. us being welcome on the road or som other form of looking the gift horse in the mouth.



Michael J Blane said:

We're allowed on the streets, we are not welcome and there are many that say we don't belong on the streets.

If we truly belonged on the streets, would there be any need for bikeways?

notoriousDUG said:

I guess we could sit here an bemoan the fact that there are only 6.5 miles of bikeways or we could be happy that we have any.

We could also work on the fact that we belong on the street, any and every street, regardless of bikeways.

If only we could get the many sidewalk riders out on the street.

I see folks riding on the sidewalks even next to well-established bike lanes (not just sharrows) so WTF?

Bike lanes are nice -but I feel that eventually we will be told to stay on our "special sidewalks" and our right to use the road proper will be curtailed.  It's a very touchy subject and I agree with Dug on this one.  The roads our OURS -why should we give them up?

TAKE them back.

notoriousDUG said:

No, there would not be a need for bikeways if we belonged on the street but what does that have to do with you bitching about the addition of new bikeways not being enough bikeways?

Maybe you can start complaining about them being there vs. us being welcome on the road or som other form of looking the gift horse in the mouth.



Michael J Blane said:

We're allowed on the streets, we are not welcome and there are many that say we don't belong on the streets.

If we truly belonged on the streets, would there be any need for bikeways?

notoriousDUG said:

I guess we could sit here an bemoan the fact that there are only 6.5 miles of bikeways or we could be happy that we have any.

We could also work on the fact that we belong on the street, any and every street, regardless of bikeways.

Irony people ... IRONY

I merely intended to share some information and a few of my comments.

Wow, I never thought that my comments would stir so many emotions.

I haven't even started bitching or complaining.

Dug, what are you accusing me of? I thought that maybe the article that I linked to might start a discussion, not anger and me being said to be bitching about something.

If the purpose of your comments was to shut me up or drive me away, you've succeeded.

Good Bye.

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