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April 28, 2014

Such a Backup on Father Mo’! (Updated)

by at 4:45 pm.

OK, here it is…all the amazing traffic at rush hour at 5pm on Father Morresette Blvd! No sound, but gee, where is all the crazy traffic? Thanks to Steve for posting it.

Note: there is a point at which the bike lane goes from being on the right side to being in the middle due to the Aiken St right turn. We could, perhaps, have a rational discussion of whether or not that’s confusing, and how to address it. (In Boston, in high-traffic areas, they paint bike lanes green). Otherwise, the bike lanes are seriously the least confusing things I’ve ever seen. The double line (which allows for opening doors from parked cars and buffer between traffic and bikes) is standard, and honestly, why is this conniption fit even happening? I just don’t get it.

Update: On the topic of these bike lanes, a good question was asked on Facebook - since the $70,000 for making the bike lane infrastructure came entirely from federal grants…does that come with strings attached…like, you actually have to keep the damn things or give back the money used for the work??

One Response to “Such a Backup on Father Mo’! (Updated)”

  1. Tim Little Says:

    The worst backups during rush hour are due to bridge traffic; Fr. Morrissette is never a problem in my daily experience — aside from the folks that still insist in using the bike/parking lanes as driving lanes. (Pet peeve!)

    Really, the city needs to get rid of the traffic lights on the north side of the river and put in rotaries instead to keep traffic flowing.

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