What’s wrong with this picture?
Paul Metz took this photo of a “Temporary Traffic Control” (TTC) sign near the construction area on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road in Sarataga, California, where work has closed access to the southbound bike lane.
Paul wrote a nice letter to Saratoga’s engineering department informing them that “advising cyclists to break the law is not a good idea.” He suggests alternatives in his note:
- Advise cyclists to “take the lane.”
- Warn motorists of merging cyclists.
- Close half of the right hand lane and make it a temporary bike lane
If you’re on a city BPAC, make yourself aware of road projects in your town so you can catch this stuff before the city or its contractors spends money on signs like this. Telling pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road is common when a sidewalk is closed for construction, but cyclists are not pedestrians. Instructing cyclists to travel the wrong way on a heavily traveled road with many many commercial driveways reveals a fundamental lack of understanding of cycling safety.