On our way in to El Vaquero last night, my wife asked me, "So when's the city going to restripe the highway?"
Your stimulus dollars hard at workAnswer: today!
On my way in to class today, I found the road crew hard at work grinding lines and laying new stripes to convert Madison's four-lane stretch of Highway 34 into a glorious five-laner, with a great golden center turning lane.
Also stimulating: the thought of jockeying for space with my bike in the newly narrowed lanes with trucks and other big-wheeled beasties trundling through Madison. Alas, there's no sign of the bike lanes that Jon Hunter and I thought would be wonderful (dare I say, Unexpected™?) additions to our infrastructure.
Picture that pickup riding in my lane. Picture me, on two wheels, beside him, trying to avoid curb and mirror. With two feet shaved off each lane, I'll be staking my claim about three feet from the curb and urging drivers to pass well left. (I'm just glad I missed that semi hauling the wind turbine nacelle through town just a minute before this photo!)