Day 310: The $770,000 painted medians on Poplar Level Road

9 11 2010

Call me crazy, but does it seem silly for the city to spend $770,000 on “painting” the overly-wide median on Poplar Level Road (which no one seems to actually use), but they can’t manage to provide a wider, safer bike lane and include the bike symbol in it? I’d heard a rumor that it’s actually too narrow to paint the bike symbol in it, but I don’t know if that’s true or not.

I don’t mean to be snarky — I am glad the city put in the bike lane, but because it’s so narrow I wouldn’t feel safe using it. Since I drive this route twice a day to work and back home, I see people every day driving across the white line and just yesterday one moron parked his car in the bike lane. Not an unusual occurrence in various parts of town, of course (particularly in Old Louisville), but I have to admit I’ve never seen anyone actually park on Poplar Level Road.

I’m all for landscaping, repaving and other improvements to make an area look better, but I just wonder if this is that necessary. Apparently, the medians near the intersection of Trevilian Way (the street that leads to the Louisville Zoo) are being “…stamped and painted to look like red brick…” and “…will enhance drivers’ experience on the way to the zoo.” You know what would enhance my experience on the way to the Zoo on a beautiful spring or summer Saturday? Not having to sit in traffic for 40 minutes. Officials say the improvements will help “…create a sense of arrival, to make people feel like they’ve arrived at a destination.”

Right. Because drivers wouldn’t know they’ve arrived at the Zoo without the painted medians. The huge parking lot and all the signage wouldn’t be enough.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic LF yogurt with granola = 5 points

Lunch:
— Salad with LF ranch dressing = 1.5 points
— small croissant = 5.5 points
— 1 cup canteloupe, 1 cup honeydew = 0 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Dinner:
— Soft pretzel = 10 points

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar = 2 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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5 responses

9 11 2010
Dave M

I refer to that median as “motorist crazy space”. It’s only reason to exist is to prevent cross-over-yellow-line collisions that are head-on and highly fatal, but also incredibly rare events. The space could have been better allocated to bike infrastructure, I agree. Sigh.

But honestly I’ll take these bike lanes over what was there before. That sucked harder.

10 11 2010
Alice

I agree, Dave. The current bike lanes are better than having none at all. I just wish they were a little wider and marked to let drivers know that it’s a bike lane. I think when the city repaved and restriped the road, THEN put in the bike lane (after sandblasting the center line to move it over a little), the drivers still drive to the right side of the sandblasted “stripe” which makes them hog the space of the bike lane.
Also, I forgot to mention that the huge oversize medians serve the oh-so-important purpose of parking for people stopping at yard sales. 🙂

10 11 2010
Tom Armstrong

The whole “stamped to imitate brick” thing irritates me, regardless of whether I’m in a car or (especially) on a bike. “Sense of arrival” indeed. More like the answer to the question, “what is just before sumptuous?”

To which the answer is, of course, PRESUMPTUOUS.

In the same over-mined vein, these faux brick entries are just shy of tentious.

13 11 2010
Alice Zorn

I love this post. The absurdity of bureaucracy talk. The allocation of space–as opposed to sharing it. Faux brick!
Sorry, I dropped off the radar for a while. I was hoping to let you know that I’d finally got around to starting my own blog, but I still haven’t.
I did manage to lose a couple of pounds. Yay!
Hope you’re keeping well, Alice.

13 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Good to hear from you, Alice! Thanks for your comment and congratulations on the weight-loss! You’re probably doing better than I am. It’s been 16 weeks of Weight Watchers and I’ve only lost 9 pounds. But I suppose I’m still not eating as good as I should nor working out often enough. Oh well. One day at a time, right? I hope you’re doing well too. Enjoy your weekend and keep in touch.

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