Look what’s painted on the street – Hasso Hering


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Look what’s painted on the street

Written January 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The pavement markings are what caught my eye in this image on TV.

Bike lanes in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue! In both directions, no less. Albany has no streets wide enough for anything like that, but I was glad  to see that in the nation’s capital, cycling was regarded well enough to try to make it relatively easy and safe on the most prominent street.

Everybody else watching Friday’s TV coverage of the Trump inaugural parade probably thought of other things. But the placement of the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue was what caught my eye.

I have not been to D.C. since the 1980s, a time when newspaper companies still had the money to put on annual meetings for the editors of their local papers. So the two-way bike avenue from the Capitol to the White House was news to me when I saw it on TV.

The bike lanes sandwiched in the median between the six traffic lanes appear to be an addition of recent years. On Google maps, the street view shows them in 2011, but not before. Google also shows the lanes in use. Take a look:

Judging by the parade coverage, those low bumpers to discourage passing cars from intruding on the bike lanes have been removed. But they seem to provide bike riders some protection. Maybe that’s an item than can be considered if Benton County eventually decides to complete a bike route along — instead of separate from — the Albany-Corvallis Highway. (hh)

14 responses to “Look what’s painted on the street”

  1. North Albany Guy says:

    I also wonder if some sort of passive barrier for the Albany/Corvallis bike lane would provide safety. It would not only need to provide, but give the appearance of safety before some bike folk would dare ride hwy 20.

    Given the recent survey showing the large number of people not looking at the path for commuting, but other activities, I’m wary of this solution.

    That said, I’d welcome it for my own personal use.

  2. hj.anony1 says:

    The real breaking news here is that you watch that rw propaganda network known as faux news. Sure the painted lines & “bikes” on pavement are nice but damn I expect better of you HH ! *shakes head* The network of gropers and admitted (aka settled) sexual harassers.


    • HowlingCicada says:

      Are you trying to tell me that maybe, just maybe, some of the endless right-wing ranting about “political correctness” is justified? That there really is intolerance and a demand for censorship by the left?

      My introduction to political correctness came in the late 1970’s or early 80’s when William Shockley (good intro in Wikipedia) was to speak at a state university (not here). I don’t remember the details, but he was uninvited or something like that after protests by people mostly in my party. This upset me a lot because my right to hear him was infringed. The university is a place to gain wisdom by becoming uncomfortable facing contrary and unpopular viewpoints. Otherwise it might as well just be a technical and political training factory (China?). Events like this, even if much exaggerated by the right, have helped give us our demagogue-in-chief (without many tears from me).

      Some of my political views are as left-leaning as any found here among the comments. If I didn’t listen extensively to “the enemy” (mostly on talk radio), I wouldn’t realize how much they worship cheap meat, cheap energy, big cars, the “traffic engineering” mentality, car-bound suburbia/exurbia … and how much they hate any effort by government to promote health and happiness by getting people out of their cars and downsizing their bloated footprints.

  3. Tony White says:

    That looks about as safe as jogging in a tiger cage.

  4. centrist says:

    Pomp and circumstance ruled the day, but you likely picked up the most important thing.
    Meanwhile Donnie and the Dixiecans have begun chopping with no plan to mitigate the impact on the citizens. This is the same crowd that brought us the fiscal shutdown by not doing their jobs. Shaking my head and wearing my safety belt. Gonna be a difficult ride

  5. Richard Vannice says:

    The above photo looks suspiciously like an “artists rendition”. I have been in D.C. on several occasions and have NEVER day or night seen any streets totally void of vehicles, parked or moving.

    • HowlingCicada says:

      It’s real, even though the sky looks colorized like 1950’s postcards. The building on the right is 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (north side of street). Street View of Oct. 2016. Just out of view are a tour bus on the left and a UPS truck on the right.

      Sometimes when I’m out with my bike and camera, I’ll try for shots like this, just as some photographers in the third world might sometimes avoid open sewers.

    • Bob Woods says:

      Just because you “haven’t seen it” is not evidence of anything.

      I’ve never seen you naked (thank God) but it doesn’t mean you’ve never been naked,

  6. John Hartman says:

    Given our new “America First” administration, the leader of which has called to reopen West Virginia coal mines, I fully expect that we’ll be seeing coal-fired motor vehicles belching down the nation’s byways soon. Bicyclists will be forced to don those paper masks you see people in Bejing wearing when the cold air inversion press down on the lungs of innocents. We do not want to fall behind China as the world leader in air pollution. America First, Foremost and Always even if bicyclists’ are suffering Black Lung disease.

  7. Loyal American says:

    Trump will soon be building an expressway to Moscow.

  8. Bill Kapaun says:

    An article about bike lanes in DC and the usual suspects use it to bash Trump.
    What a bunch of whining Chihuahuas nipping at the heels of their master.
    You should be whining about the loser candidate your party ran that couldn’t even beat Trump. Typical hypocrisy from “the party of tolerance”.
    When you grow up, you may actually realize that your preferred candidate loses about 1/2 the time.

    • John Hartman says:

      Don’t worry. As per Trump’s White House Special Advisor, Kellyanne Conway said today on Meet the Press, the White House is now countering nearly all the Lamestream Media Outlets by publishing it’s own “alternative facts” to slow the rapidly sinking presidency of our ADHD-Commando-in-Twitter Chief, a repugnant human and fake.

      ALTERNATIVE FACTS, aka lies. If that isn’t Orwellian New-Speak then nothing is. If Trump can sell trombones to the Yahoos in DC, just think what might happen here in River City, where the Rubes are far more naive.

      On the other hand, since the City, or is it CARA, or perhaps it doesn’t matter….is rebuilding downtown streets under Trump Infrastructure Spending Program with an “America First” undertone, City Fathers, Mothers and CARA aunties and uncles could use Eminent Domain imminently to widen downtown boulevards to include a bicycle lane just like in our nation’s das Kapital.


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