@bpwnz. Most repaving is done on a schedule which is set by the owner of the road which is most often the municipality, the county, or the state. Most government transportation agencies at each level of government have a list of repaving projects that are several years out. Some on your list may be in the queue.
I'm unfamiliar with the area between Hampton & Jacksonville Avenues. Can you provide links to the SCDOT project?
Great coverage, Paul! But I must make two minor corrections.
First, the evening lecture attendance in paragraph three was not 60 people but over 160 people. The Wachovia Auditorium's capacity is 175, and there was only standing room available.
Second, the 0.7% budget for bicycle facilites in Portand was the percentage of the city's transportation budget towards bicycle facilities and not the state's.
All in all great write-up!
I heard you stayed behind and helped Dominic clean-up after his instructional messenger bag sewing class on Saturday afternoon. I wanted to express my thanks and the co-op's thanks for staying to help. I attempted to track you down to invite you to a wind down session Sunday night when the dust had settled, but without any luck.
About the article, whether it was by the editor's choice or your own, I felt that it might have gone too far out its way to reinforce stereotypes about "fixed gear urban cyclists." In actuality, perhaps only 10 out of approx. 75 fit this fixed geared bill.
The real story in my mind was 75+ people attended from eight states (Louisiana, Maine, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) to see Charleston's biking community. What did they think about peninsular Charleston? They were impressed by our high mode-share of biking and felt that on the whole, drivers gave them enough room and respect on the road to not fear personal injury.
That's a good series of questions and comments about planning around weather, bicycling and dating, and the danger and impracticality of bicycling for many people right now, Mr. Fish. I will address them in that order.
I typically keep track of weather forecasts several days in advance so that a storm front doesn't catch me off guard. When the rain is too intense, I will drive my truck to work, but if the rainfall will be light in the morning and evening when I commute then I don't mind a little rain. I wear a coat and bring a change of pants. Not to bore you with details, but in the rain I would ride my single speed because it has fewer mechanical parts to get wet.
About dating, I met my girlfriend of two years while riding bicycles, and we ride together when going out to dinner. She got a flat once so we dropped the bike off at a friend's house nearby and she did ride on my handlebars. That's just my experience and I enjoy it. I don't expect this to be everyone's experience. I deliberately chose a place to live where multiple transportation options are available to me.
I appreciate that you recognize in many places biking can be hazardous or "impractical and unreliable." The point of switching the use of a traffic lane is to make new transportation choices practical and available to more people.
Let me come at this from the perspective of a sometimes motorist. I have driven over that bridge several mornings in rush hour. For me it took a mix of luck and guts to cross from Hwy 61 and make the Lockwood exit, and once or twice I missed. Consider, if there was one less lane, merging could be simpler and safer. With fewer people pausing to merge, traffic flow could speed up.
Also consider that hundreds of homes are along the West Ashley Greenway. They will all immediately shift from having an impractical option of biking to a practical one. Traffic engineers say that a 10% shift to bikes will increase car traffic flow by 25%, but hey that's just one out of four lanes.
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