Iʻve recently begun cycling. Of course, many folks in this city already cycle to their heartʻs (rather, walletʻs) content, and plenty of them know all the ins and outs of such a healthy mode of transportation. Iʻve chosen to use a bicycle as my [mostly] main means of transportation simply because itʻs healthy and absolutely exhilarating to discover new parts of my neighborhood and city that I didnʻt know existed before now.
Since beginning this new hobby, Iʻve noticed several things that I only vaguely glanced over prior to pursuing any two-wheeled adventures: a limited number of bicycle racks, an extremely limited number of bicycle lanes, more than a few potholes/dips in the road, and hills. For the record, I have a strong disdain for hills especially being from Seattle where hills abound. Also, potholes are avoidable if taking back roads and other lightly used streets, but I wish the NC DOT would take a look at a few of them. They arenʻt a pain only when riding a bike.
From what I have read, bicycle racks are on their way. I hope they place even more around NCSU/Hillsborough Street. That would be excellent.* The real focus of my Saturday post though is the limited number of bike lanes in this city. As much as I prefer taking lightly traveled roads most days, it would be nice to see more bicycle lanes that can be used by the incredible number of cyclists all over the city. I have seen numerous cyclists – both while driving and riding – that are treated terribly by passing drivers. I have been honked at on occasion as well, despite being clearly seen and riding to the right.
With more bike lanes, cyclists donʻt have to ride on sidewalks and impede foot traffic. They also donʻt have to worry about being “doored”, depending on how large and where the bike lanes are placed. It would help traffic flow much more smoothly, as well as benefit and encourage others to ride their bikes as well. Hopefully the day comes soon where we can see not only more bike racks (rather than bikes locked to trees or street lamps) but see proper bike lanes that will benefit everyone.
*Yes, Iʻm aware that there are plenty of bike racks on Hillsborough Street already. Given the amount of bicycles I see locked or left leaning against trees, however, I feel that it doesnʻt hurt to have more available to the public.
What are your thoughts on cycling in Raleigh and throughout NC? Have you had bad experiences with drivers while riding?
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