AND TRUCKERS CAN LIVE TOGETHER WITH PARKING AND BIKE LANES
(BUELLTON-011212) Email sent to Buellton City Council regarding
possible action on Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan:
I have reviewed more of the Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan getting
half-way without its amendments.
"First off, I have nothing against bicyclists. However, what is being
framed as a 1-year effort shows me how things are accomplished without
total stakeholder participation, and then later the refusal to accept
any responsibility for trucking accidents. I have not reviewed the
California Bicycle Transportation Act, or US Department of Transportation
Policy on Integrating Bicycling & Walking in Transportation Infrastructure,
but there should be something for truckers rather than just truck
stops, or rest areas. Rest areas are often occupied by truckers and
stopping on the side of the road has no restaurants, hotels, or restrooms.
If a truckers needs to use the restroom it gets flagged for closure.
Truckers are often not included in policy debates, especially while
they are driving / working transporting clothes, food and products
that you all enjoy.
As I have stated before, McMurray Road is a model. It is a model for
bicycling, and truckers. Truckers have the ability to park, check
system maintenance, rest at hotels, eat at restaurants, while contributing
to the local economy.
The 10 workbook responses from your stakeholder or focus group had
a 'Truck Parking Hazard.' It is not a Truck Parking Hazard. What is
a hazard? Cars occupying truck parking at rest areas, no restaurants
or restrooms at the side of the road, driving and maintaining focus,
while cars are in your blind spots, cities making it difficult to
make deliveries, park, eat or rest.
Another response indicated creating 'Share the Road' information and
signage. However, sharing the road is not the perfect answer as truckers
have to eat just like anyone else, or go to the restroom just like
anyone else, or sleep. Plus, wear and tear of tires is a hazard as
I have witnessed more than a couple times. The yellow sign at the
Santa Rosa Road on-ramp is a false indicator / misleading to some,
when two tire blow-outs after the Avenue of Flags or last exit occurred.
One occurrence, the truck caught on fire with its tires blowing out,
both could have been saved if they thought they could stop in Buellton,
check system maintenance.
The solution where truckers and bicyclists can live together is shown
in Class II Figure 1003.2A Typical Bike Lane Cross Sections (on 2-lane
or Multilane Highways) under (1) Marked Parking, and (2) Parking Permitted
without Marked Parking or Stall. This parallels with my initial email
to Rose Hess, City Engineer back on 09/09/10 where it said: The bike
lane along McMurray Road is a great model that accommodates truck
The hazard increases where parking is prohibited, bike lanes taking
the place of parking, cars occupying parking, and truckers having
to fend for themselves."
tags: economy & inflation, safety ethics, trucking rights