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July 20, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Bike lane death trap

eyesore_200404Jim Kunstler writes in his April 2004 Eyesore of the Month:

Note all the design intelligence that went into this urban bike trail in Santa Monica, California. The striping delivers you to a bicycle death trap at the intersection with a three-way change in surface. Take your pick: cement, loose gravel in a ditch, or sewer grid.

(Jim Kunstler, by the way, spoke at the Gel conference in 2003 - see the recap page for a transcript of his talk. This year's Gel conference was on on April 30 in New York City ('04 recap); next year's Gel is April 28-29, 2005.)


Holy crap that guy's a pessimist. Just reading some of his previous posts there makes me cringe. God forbid there be something good or noble in the world!

That must have been the most depressing public speaking engagement ever. "Everybody in America is a big fat slob who lives in an ugly house and owns 18 cars, only four of which work, to drive their fat and ugly kids to enough sporting events (and their school that looks like a prison) that they can effectively avoid ever talking to them."

My God, how does he wake up in the morning without shooting himself?

That sidewalk might be 'broken', but so is the attitude of Mr. Kunstler there.

Posted by: James Schend at July 20, 2004 12:44 PM

If you want to talk about something broken, talk about the "submit" "reset" buttons that are pretty much standard equipment on web forms. Ignoring the dubious wording of the "submit" button, why does pretty much every web form on the entire Internet have the "reset" button just as large and right butted next to it? Do you know how easy it is to accidentally hit "reset" and clear the form you just spend 15 minutes filling out? And why is there a "reset" button, anyway? When is the last time you were at a web form and said to yourself, "hmm, I want to clear all these fields and start over from scratch." And even if you did want to do that, you could just change the fields you've already done. I don't have a link, but you see this all over the place.

Posted by: James Schend at July 20, 2004 12:47 PM

no, the bike lane's not broken, go to kunstler's web site, THAT'S broken

Posted by: lane at July 20, 2004 01:57 PM

_@_v - he's no james lileks

_@_v - hard to take anyone seriously who makes the word "clusterf***" a part of his everyday usage...

Posted by: she-snailie at July 21, 2004 10:02 PM

Who cares about Jim Kunstler's personality or his website? It has nothing to do with his observation! He's right. It doesn't make sense to make a bike path that (supposedly) is for the bicyclist's safety and then run it through an area that will invariably cause him/her to swerve into automobile traffic to avoid. Broken.

Posted by: David at July 29, 2004 03:34 PM


Posted by: susan at July 29, 2004 04:28 PM


Posted by: JAKE at November 16, 2004 08:40 PM

JAKE is broken!

Posted by: ))_ at April 4, 2005 07:31 PM

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