Marty Nott 
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Re: “Rochester builds on bike successes

I mostly agree with Alex Freeman's rant - mostly. Absolutely, the city should continuing building out a bike-friendly highway system. As is, it is too disjointed to inspire use - the bike lanes come and go, and while the notion of the so-called bike boulevards is interesting, the ONE that we have is barely helpful to anyone. I live about 200 yards from it and only use it to get to Highland Ave and out of the city to where pleasure riding is faster, safer, and less interrupted.

The keys to increasing bicycle commuting and pleasure riding in the city, as the article points out, are safe routes and adequate bicycle parking - to which I would add a whole lot of education, for bicyclists and motorists alike. I long ago lost count of how many bicyclists I see doing stupid things - primarily riding against traffic and/or riding right through stop signs and stop lights, but also riding in twos and threes abreast, not using signals ahead of turns, etc. And motorists...actually, I think 99.99% of motorists are respectful and give me plenty of room. Just every once in a while, I run into the nimrod or ignoramus who thinks I should be on a sidewalk or not in a traffic lane at a stoplight - or who cuts me off (never sure whether they didn't see me or didn't care - but I am 6'3" and dress like a neon banana on my bike, with lights flashing front and back).

We have miles and miles and miles to go here on safe bicycle routes. We need more bike lanes at a minimum, and preferably more protected ones, connected to each other and following or paralleling the major arteries around the city. Until we have that, ordinary riders will be too fearful to tackle our city streets.

Where I disagree with Alex - but only slightly, because I definitely understand his point - is that it's still wrong to ride through a red light, even after stopping completely and with no traffic around or in the pouring rain. Why? Only because some ***hole is likely to see it and say, "SEE???? THAT'S WHAT I HATE ABOUT $@#$ BICYCLISTS!!!!!" If I'm already soaked, what's the diff? I wait it out.

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Posted by Marty Nott on 12/13/2016 at 4:41 PM

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