As was announced a couple of weeks ago by South Bend City Planner Chris Dressel, the bicycle lanes along Twyckenham Dr are being extended. Previously, the lanes were only between South Bend Ave and McKinley Ave, but they will now continue, albeit intermittently, all the way south to Ewing Ave.
The image at left is looking north from where E Monroe T’s into Twyckenham. A parking lane is still available on the east side of the road, but the bike lane is right up against the curb on the western side. It will be interesting to how this all ties into the development associated with the Eddy St Commons project. Details about the Twyckenham / South Bend Ave intersection can be found here.
I have a strong personal interest in the Twyckenham bike lanes because I live nearby; I grabbed my camera as soon as I could once the new lanes were striped. Unfortunately, I was disheartened by what I saw during the 15 minutes that I stood on the sidewalk hoping to see a happy cyclist riding along.
The first issue I saw may not be so bad: a car stopped to turn left onto Sunnymede, and the following cars immediately swerved into the bike lane to pass on the right. As long as motorists are willing to watch for and give right of way to cyclists in the bike lane this won’t be a big deal, but I do worry about such behavior becoming a reflexive move.
The more troubling thing I saw, however, involved the first cyclist who happened by. Not only was he not using the bike lanes, but he was traveling against traffic!I don’t mean to vilify either the motorists or the cyclist, but I do hope that we can effectively couple education (for both motorists and cyclists alike) with the new bike lanes. I’m confident that motorists and cyclists can share the road safely, but we’ve clearly got a long way to go!