Short skip on the raceway !

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by zipp2001, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. zipp2001

    zipp2001 Well-Known Member

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    We have a stretch of road that has been referred to as The Raceway. I can remember doing am out and back (12 mile) weekly club time trial on this road back in the 90's and early 2000's. Now you would be crazy to stay on this road after the entrance to the bike path.

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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    So you guys have those idiotic rubble strips cut into the pavement too.
     
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    zipp2001 Well-Known Member

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    Yes some rocket scientist came up with this great idea. Now you have sections of roads where you have no breakdown lane to even ride in.
     
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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    At least they gave you some berm to stay to the right of the grooves in! Even if they did put some drainage grates every 100 yards!

    In Ohio, when they started grooving the fog line, they promised cyclists they would only groove roads that would leave 2' to the right of the grooves...BULLSHIT! In most cases there is almost zero berm to ride on and it forces cyclists way left into vehicle traffic lanes!

    Ours are spaced so they almost throw a road bike out of control...bouncing the front end all over the place and forcing the rider to swerve in an attempt to regain control.

    ODOT is so screwed up it isn't funny!

    And yes, they even do centerline grooving here in the state run by assholes that never rode a bicycle as an adult. We started this insanity about 2010 and it's out of control! It's just another scam to blow taxpayer money on worthless projects that have little or no effect on crash statistics.

    http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D11/newsreleases/Pages/081610.aspx

    "ODOT has tried to avoid placing the 'stripes' on heavily traveled bike routes and has placed 10-foot gaps in the rumble stripe for bikes to maneuver in and out of the lane. Warning signs will also be posted to alert all riders to the change in pavement conditions."

    Bull. Shit!

    And try swerving from one side of the rumble strips to the other in those 10' gaps at 25 MPH.
     
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  5. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Zipp, I'm sure you know that isn't a bicycle lane but a shoulder. The rumble strip is to keep traffic in their lane. We have those sorts of things around here and the shoulder will completely disappear in places which shoves you out into the traffic which appears to be doing rather safe speeds there. Here they would be going over 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
     
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