Bike Lanes Used as Road Work Sign Lanes
Construction workers have illegally and unnecessarily converted many of the city's bike lanes into places to put road construction signs, endangering the lives of cyclists forced to veer around them into car traffic.
Here's a sign on High St. near 17th on Wed., Aug. 17:
Here's another sign the next day on 18th near Pearl St.:
Here's another sign on 13th Tweeted by a cyclist Aug. 6:
"City of #Eugene, #WTF is this?" Tweeted Suzi Steffen.
The 13th Street sign was moved to the grass after the Tweet was emailed to the city's bike coordinator, according to a post on EugeneGears.org.
Construction signs unnecessarily and dangerously placed in bike lanes isn't a new problem. It's been going on for years without much city effort to educate or fine contractors to end the unsafe practice. City code prohibits blocking bike lanes, but most of the contractors dangerously blocking the bike lanes with lazily placed signs are working for the city.
Another cyclist posted this photo last year:
"South Willamette, bike lane blocked by road work sign (again)," he wrote.
Here's another posted photo last year of a road work sign near 24th and Agate:
"Hey, it's the "Road Work Sign" lane!" viewer Patrick Barber commented.
Bike safety has also fallen easy victim to building construction in Eugene. Last year the Pearl St. bike lane suddenly disappeared without warning signage to make room for construction staging for a new hotel at 5th Street:
Earlier this year the heavily used 13th St. bike lane near the UO also disappeared amid building construction, forcing bikes into pedestrians and/or head on traffic:
The city's draft new Pedestrian and Bicycle plan briefly mentions improved bike safety during construction projects, but lacks the details and clear prohibitions in other cities' policies.