EDITOR’S NOTE: While I am in majestic St. Louis, Missouri, for the holidays, I will be posting interesting bike links and urging discussion. I’ll still be writing, but at a reduced rate. Feel free to comment on this link or treat this page like an open thread to discuss whatever is on your Seattle biking mind.
This might not sound too foreign to Seattle bike riders: New streetcar tracks can pose a danger to people on bikes. A group in Portland has requested several changes to a new set of streetcar tracks they say are dangerous and poorly-signed.
From Bike Portland:
The new streetcar tracks on NW Lovejoy, NE Broadway, and on Martin Luther King Jr. and Grand Boulevards have brought major changes to designated bikeways and the roadway surface in general. While the public right-of-way has changed considerably, there is concern that not enough has been done to warn of potential safety hazards the tracks create for people riding bicycles.
I believe streetcars and bike riding can coexist, but streetcars that make biking more dangerous are unacceptable. We already have to live with a basically ruined Westlake due to poor streetcar planning, and we need to be vigilant to prevent mistakes in the future. I have concerns that plans for Jackson as part of the First Hill Streetcar project could easily make life more difficult for bikes. Details are still being worked out, and we need to make sure biking needs are made a top priority. Jackson is a grade oasis in a very hilly part of town and a vital bike corridor.
What do your thoughts on bike riding and streetcars? Where do they coexist, and where do they fail?