In the past 100 years transportation planners have yet to provide
bicyclists with a single designated bike lane in and out of the city of Mobile.
Not a single bike lane for bicyclists? That is right. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Are you serious? Not even one designated bike lane?
That is one way to say, "Screw Bicyclists - royally!"
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission silently says, "Screw Bicyclists!"
Mobile County Engineering silently says, "Screw Bicyclists!"
City of Mobile Engineering silently says, "Screw Bicyclists!"
That would be Kevin Harrison of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission.
They would be Sam Jones, Mayor of Mobile.
That would be Joe Ruffer, Mobile County Engineering.
That would be Vincent E. Calametti, Alabama Department of Transportation.
That would be Jennifer White, City of Mobile traffic Engineer.
That would be Mr. Bryan Kegley and Ricky Mitchell, Mobile County Engineering.
How are these above people screwing bicyclists?
Statistic: Mobile County's paved lanes striped for Motor Vehicles:
160+250+180 miles = 590 miles = 3,115,200 feet.(1)
(Principal, minor and collector roadways only.)
Mobile County's paved lanes designated and striped for Bicyclists:
800 feet. (1) (All paved roads).
That is 800 feet of paved road for bicyclists compared to 3,115,200 feet for motor vehicles.
Do you see a problem with that ratio? 2 hundredths of one percent?
Bicyclists do not pollute. Bicyclists do not waste fossil fuels.
But bicyclist don't have a single lane of access and in out of the city of Mobile?
The transportation planners will keep totally ignoring bicyclists until bicyclists unite
and demand safe access to travel throughout the City of Mobile.
2013 is the year for Critical Mass to form in Mobile.
If Bicyclists don't demand equal access they will never get it.
Statistics do not lie. As of 2012, there is not a single paved road
designated for bicyclists to get into and out of the City of Mobile.
To commute by bicycle in Mobile in 2013 is basically a suicidal act
because there STILL isn't a single road in and out of the city for bicyclists.
The below map comparison is based on recent facts from the South Alabama Regional
Planning Commission, not mine. Basically it shows no bicycle lanes and all car lanes.
Will 2013 be yet another year you sit back and ignore the problem
or will 2013 be a year you become vocal?
Even if you are one to not make waves, at least get out and join MOB rides.
Purple: Interstate: (Bicycles prohibited using the nice wide shoulders.)
Red: Principal Arterials. (Part of Hwy 90 was recently paved and bicycles were ignored.)
Yellow: Collector Roads: (None designated for bicycle traffic.)
Blue: Designated bicycle routes adequately marked.
(1) Page 47, Complete Mobile Bike-Ped Plan 10-20-2011.pdf