• Safety Alert: DelDOT signs blocking Route 72 sidepath

    by  • November 15, 2011 • Safety, Traffic Control • 2 Comments

    The scene along the Rt.72 sidepath (south of I95) as of Nov.14. There are 2 such signs placed in the middle of this popular bicycle commuting corridor.

    A reminder to DelDOT maintenance folks about equal level of service as stated in the Complete Streets policy:

    VII. Justification
    Complete Streets Defined
    The term “Complete Street” means a roadway that accommodates all travelers, particularly public transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians (including individuals of all ages and individuals with mobility, sensory, neurological, or hidden disabilities), and motorists, to enable all travelers to use the roadway safely and efficiently. (HR 1443 IH)

    Creating complete streets means planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating streets and all directly related components for motorized and non-motorized modes of travel, as appropriate for the area. The most basic element of a complete streets policy is that it ensures that roads are planned and built to serve all users.

    We encourage our friends at DelDOT to please consider bikes and pedestrians on equal footing with our motor vehicle counterparts.

    2 Responses to Safety Alert: DelDOT signs blocking Route 72 sidepath

    1. Alex Durnan
      January 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

      Catching up on old blog posts here. I, of course, agree with everything you are saying. I think if I had come across this one first I would have simply moved the sign onto the grass so that it wouldn’t incovienence the next passer. Usually though, the things are weighted down by sandbags.

    2. February 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I commute on my bike and, sometimes, I come across unexpected blockages such as the ones posted in this article. These may seem trivial but can pose a serious risk for us that must, sometimes, use busy roads on our commutes. When the shoulder is suddenly taken away and I must merge with traffic, well, this does not please that many drivers. Moving these signs just slightly off the shoulder or bike path isn’t impossible and would allow me to continue riding off the main traffic lanes in most instances.

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