In what will be neither scenic or safe, Allentown is starting to mark off it's new bike lanes. One lane of Turner Street in center city will be eastbound, while westbound will waste one lane of Linden Street. The lanes will be virtually unused by bicyclists, but will succeed in congesting traffic during the weekday business hours. Here's an opportunity for our ten City Council candidates to chime in on the wisdom of this project. Although the plan received virtually no support during the planning stage, Pawlowski went ahead with it anyway. I will periodically change the photograph used on this post during the next couple days. Pedal on my spandex friends.
UPDATE: I have just been informed by a reader that I misunderstood the new plan, the the symbol is for Shared Lane Use, called Sharrow. The right lane can be used by both motorists and bicyclists, with the bicyclist permitted to use the middle of the lane. How many center city residents will know the meaning and protocol for the symbol? I'm relieved that the city modified it's original bike only lane plan. Apparently, the Administration decided to go ahead and spend the money with the stencil company. Check back for changing photographs.