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I have not used my road bike in
over a year. I am actually quite sad
about this, and as I look at the bike,
dust covering its once shiny frame,
I remember the days when I would
fearlessly tackle any road in the
name of recreation. For me, those
days are gone, partly because time
is not what it used to be, but also
because I am afraid.
Of bike lanes and safety
With the recent road accidents
involving cyclists, and after hav-
ing a few very close calls myself,
I have resigned from my once
However, this week I saw a
glimmer of hope in the desig-
nation of a bike lane around the
Queen s Park Savannah.
The inside lane will be closed
to vehicles and assigned to
cyclists between the hours of 4
am on holidays and weekends.
My appreciation and congratu-
lations to those cyclists and
ministers who worked to bring
this to pass.
Finally! Cyclists have a bike
lane where we can be safe! Or
I am not downplaying the
magnanimity of such an amenity
for cyclists, nor do I intend to
criticise in any way. Cyclists have
rallied for bike lanes for years,
and its implementation is a
milestone for the sport.
However, I do have concerns
about cyclist safety in the bike
lane, and encourage the devel-
opers to ensure all safety meas-
ures possible are in place prior
to opening the lane.
How do we keep delinquent
and inattentive drivers from
using the lane when it is closed
I have no doubt that this will
be the biggest challenge.
Take example from the East-
ern Main Road (EMR) in the Mt
Hope/St Joseph area where the
middle lane is open at certain
times to traffic going East and
then at other times to traffic
On any given day, one is sure
to see a vehicle using it as an
overtaking lane in the wrong
direction at the wrong time of
Likewise, what is there to stop
delinquent drivers from using
the bike lane to overtake when
it is closed to vehicles?
Highly visible signs may be
erected informing motorists of
the times when it is closed to
them. But as with the EMR, I
doubt people will read the signs.
When one is on "autopilot,"
driving a familiar route, accus-
tomed to particular road rules,
one is unlikely to pay much
attention to signage, and suc-
cumbs to habit.
I do not think we can trust
motorists to be diligent in paying
attention to new rules that
change depending on the time
There must be more evident
markers to remind drivers of the
closure of the lane-markers that
will get their attention as force-
fully as a slap in the face.
The ideal thing to keep cyclists
safe and keep motorists out the
lane would be plastic post bar-
riers, placed on the outside of
the lane around the savannah.
But this is not practical as they
would have to be placed and
removed twice a day around the
entire 2.3 mile roundabout.
I think it highly unlikely that
this would actually be done con-
sistently if it were implemented.
Other more feasible measures
include painting street markings
in bright colours to notify
motorists that the lane is dif-
ferent. This may serve as a
reminder that it becomes a bike
lane during the allotted times.
However, this must be imple-
mented with highly visible sig-
nage, which must be well main-
tained, informing motorists,
particularly those unfamiliar
with the area, of the hours of
bike lane operation.
As these hours are mostly at
night, the signs must be well lit.
Flashing lights can also be
installed around the Savannah,
timed to come on when the bike
lane is in use. These may remind
drivers of the use of the lane
and the need to be cautious.
Another measure that author-
ities should consider is the
removal of auto parking around
the Savannah during bike time.
This is particularly pertinent to
the side of the Savannah along
the Magnificent Seven and along
the North part of the Savannah
opposite the President s house
where the inside lane must
merge into the middle lane if
cars are parked along the inside
However, this rule should be
made for the entire Savannah,
as when there are parked cars,
not only must cyclists merge
into a narrower group, they must
also dodge motorists who are
attempting to exit their parking
spot along the inner lane.
This is a definite safety hazard
and should be addressed when
establishing the bike lane rules.
Despite my concerns, this is
a wonderful victory for profes-
sional and recreational cyclists
alike, and I hope it will set the
trend for more bike lanes
throughout the country.
Ride on Trinbago!
• Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS,
ATRIC is a Doctor of Physical
Therapy and a Certified Aquatic
Therapy Rehabilitation Instructor
at Total Rehabilitation.
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