bikes, cars and busses: for portland riders
(from Trimet's Web site)
"When traveling on the Mall, please follow these rules:
Bike in the left-hand traffic lane only.
Do not ride over or on the light rail tracks. Only cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle when entering the Mall from a cross street.
Do not stop on 5th and 6th avenues except as required by traffic signals.
Do not make right-hand turns off 5th and 6th avenues unless otherwise posted."
And in case you were still confused, they continue:
"Unless otherwise posted, right turns are prohibited from 5th and 6th avenues. To go right at an intersection, you may choose to:
Stay on the curb side of the left lane as you approach the intersection
Stop at the intersection and move over to the curb
When the "Walk" signal is activated, use the crosswalk to cross
Ride at walking speed and yield to pedestrians
Merge carefully with traffic"
Am I the only one who thinks the new intersections are simply accidents waiting to happen? To my thinking this makes riding a bike downtown harder, not easier. We'll be playing leapfrog with cars, busses and light rail trains all the way along the transit mall. It can't be good, especially in and around the Portland State campus. What am I missing here?
Somebody enlighten me, please.