I got back from a nice long fitness ride on my straightbar modded road bike just now and decided to take Davenport from Northfield to Lexington.
For the past several weeks, this has been a dangerous proposition with the construction. There were plenty of pilons in the car lane forcing the cars into the bike lane. To be fair, the lane markings were paved over around the same time the pilons went up.
I snapped this image on my maiden cruise down the new pavement. This is just before the fresh blacktop.
I biked through it, then was about 300m down the path and trying to figure out what I didn’t like about the bike lane. I drove back a ways to get the picture and think about it.
If you click to look full size, you’ll see that there is a road widening right there. It’s got fresh curbs.
On the other side, there’s an intersection for entry into Conestoga Mall and then beyond that, two lanes of traffic. One of those lanes, I was happy to take.
So, it came down to this. I was travelling in my vehicle lane and forcing the cars to go ’round, then I had to merge into that lane for the length of the choke point, then back into a bicycle lane.
In the end, I felt that this was less safe than the two traffic lanes that were there before the construction.
I hope this is just temporary and the two lanes are removed from the north side of the mall entrance as well, then the bike lane can go all the way between Northfield and Lexington.