The picture above shows some of the road work that has been going on in adding a lane to northbound Route 29. The congestion on 29 at rush hour makes this addition lane something that commuters will appreciate. However I have always wished that biking commuters could have been considered during this road improvement. I doubt that anyone involved in the planning of this road improvement gave any consideration to the possibility of creating a bike path in the middle of the lanes. Highway planning is simply car focused in the United States. While we have seen a beginning awareness of the needs for cyclists in our community with bike lanes showing up on some of our roads right now the planning seems more for recreational cycling than commuting by bike. While riding down the median grass area of Route 29 may not be the most scenic it would provide a safe way for cyclists to commute in our area. The use of major roads like 29 and 175 that provide a great deal of our local transportation ways for car traffic maybe at some point cyclists needs need to be in the planning equation.
As usual Europe is light years ahead of us in the recognition of cycling commuters.