mardi 27 juillet 2010

Bike path

I know it's been ages since I wrote anything here, it will get better soon I promise!

But for today I wanted to tell you how much I like my bike path to work:

First of all, half of it is in a bike/pedestrian street. Yep, it's not just a bike lane, it's an entire bike street. On the sides their are parks with tiny swimming pools and games for kids. It's brilliant. It's like a whole street of green and friendly goodness, but unlike most parks, it actually goes somewhere. I know there is a project to extend it roughly all the way to CERN, this would be even more brilliant if it ever happens. Big bike arteries to go into the city would be awesome.

Second there is the bike lane/bike street light on the way down towards the pont Sous-Terre. For a long time the bike lane was nice, it's a mix bike lane/bus lane so it's very wide, but until two weeks ago there was a traffic light right in the middle of the way down, which is really annoying when you bike and are enjoying the speed for once! Since the traffic light is for incoming traffic from the left, there is asbolutely no reason for the bikes (in the bike lane) to obey the traffic light unless they are pedestrain wanting to cross, so I was in the habit of not obeying that light (after checking for pedestrian of course). A few months ago I saw cops regularly at the traffic light, so I slowed down but didn't stop. They never arrested me, so I kept on going.
Since 2 weeks ago, there is a special bike street light which is always green unless a pedestrian wants to cross. This again is brilliant city planning. The cops actually observed what the bikers where doing, realized it made sense, and change the street lights accordingly so we are not breaking the law. Honeslty if they do that all over the city, Geneva will be a dream form bikers!