Now the main reason why we should not have Bronze Status is because of the removal of the bike lanes on S Flores St. I have gone over and over again that the bike lane was were it suppose to be and provided the protection all of us sought. We wish the city would do the same thing down similar stroads but so far haven't. I would not be complaining so much about or arguing that the Bronze Status should be revoked if they put the same street diet on Pleasanton Rd, a major thoroughfare and a stroad that needs a bicycle lane. But no, they told cyclist to use the side street called Mission Rd to get to the South Side away from the business, the neighborhoods, the places that everyone goes which happens to be away from the Mission Trail. At the end of the alternative route at Mission Pkwy and SE Military Dr, you'll will come to a green field (Image 10-7) with an occasional business across the street. At Pleasanton Rd and SE Military Dr, you see the HEB grocery store, restaurants and other retail establishments. And that's why the we the cyclist wanted to keep the bicycle lanes down S Flores, because it provided us the protection on where we want to go. The nearest grocery store to Mission Pkwy is Walmart and to get to the Walmart, one must deal with 50 mph traffic down SE Military and before somebody says well there's E Harding paralleling SE Military. Just go to google maps and tell how am I suspose to get over that wall that is separating Harding from the Walmart..
That's the big thing here, is that the city is promoting cycling but at the same time failing to address the safety concerns that we face everyday. They constantly say that they want more people to cycle, but at the same time they want cyclist to use side streets. If this city was friendly to cyclist, I would not be breaking the law every night in choosing the safe route down the linear creekways to go home or for that matter, riding my bicycle on the sidewalks, Sec. 19-286. Driving or parking on sidewalks prohibited. If this city was a friendly bicycle city, they would have the proper facilities for my safety on the major thoroughfares instead of asking all the cyclist wear a helmet and take a side street. The problem I have with this city being a bronze bicycle friendly city by the League of American Bicyclists is that it is sending the wrong message to those who think that our city leaders wants people to be on bicycles. Keeping this status makes the League complicit with the city's decision to remove the bicycle lanes from S Flores, the relegating of cyclist to side streets and the acceptance of parking of motor vehicles in bicycle lanes and paths throughout the city.
This is my argument against the League's status for the City of San Antonio. I would like the League to come back within a few years, like right after they have the Rail Streetcar up and running and see if the city provided the necessary paths along the tracks and around the stations, to see if they removed the silly laws that make it illegal to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk let alone down the Linear Creekways at night. And maybe by then we would have the network of bike lanes down the other stroads like Southcross, Pleasanton, Zarzamora, and Nogalitos to name just a few on the Southside. Right now this Bronze status isn't helping we the people who ride bicycles around San Antonio and who want San Antonio to be a safe cycling city.
10-1: A Sysco Delivery Truck parked in the cycle track behind Sams Burger Joint
10-2: The End of the cycletrack at Casa Blanca and Broadway
10-3: The Lance Armstrong bikeway in Austin Crossing by Lamar
10-4: A Truck parked in the bike lane On S Pine by Steves Ave looking South.
10-5: The rule sign at Tobin trailhead.
10-6: The CIM's Map showing where the alternative bike route is going.
10-7: The End of the the bike lane at Mission Pkwy and SE Military Dr looking north.
Up Coming Bicycle Events
Cycle In-Cinema .
When: Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description: Out Door Movie.
Friday The 13th Alleycat Race
When: Friday June 13, 2014 7pm
Where: Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N Colorado, 78201
Description: A scavenger hunt bicycle race. For more information, click here: Facebook
Tour De Tube 2014
When: Sunday June 29, 2014
Where: The Slab, 414 W Cevallos, across the street from La Tuna
Description: A group bicycle ride from La Tuna to the Comal River. For more information, click here: Facebook
Earn-A-Bike Co-op. Grand Opening
When: Saturday, June 14, 3pm-5pm
Where: 2619 Guadalupe St, 78207\
Description: Join us of the grand opening of the Guadalupe St. Earn-A-Bike Co-op. Food, music, give aways, bikes and more bikes. Earn-A-Bike Co-op.
If you have any event you want me to post about, please email me.