So... a month or so ago some downtown construction work was completed and one of the main roads into the downtown area was re-opened after being closed down for some time.
I decided to take that route to my father's house to pick him up for his first bike ride in over 22 years. His last bike ride was when he rode my Honda 750 and ended with an ambulance trip and a broken collar bone.
Anyway, back to the Idiot design engineers. So I am cruising along, enjoying the nice new fresh smooth asphalt, totally aware of the big city bus along side me when I came to a turn in the road that have driven many many times in the last 33 +/- years. No problem, wasn't speeding, just cruising. All I have to do is make a simple left sweeping turn.
BUT WAIT........ I left out the IDIOT DESIGN ENGINEER factor !
As I am making my turn, and remember there was a big city bus right next to me, I find something in my lane that doesn't work real well with a two wheeled motorcycle leaning into a turn.
What might that be you ask ? Well it would be TROLLEY TRACKS ! FREAKIN Trolley Tracks in the road. AND...they came from the other direction into my lane and continued to move closer to the left side of the lane.
I took these pictures over the course of several trips in my big LT ( Tahoe LT
) since it was hard to drive, shoot and not hit other vehicles while doing it.
Anyway, I called the City Engineering as soon as I arrived (really pissed off) at my dad's house and explained that they were now put on notice that they had a serious hazard in place.
They responded that they had discussed the possibility of the tracks being a problem for bicycles, but hadn't thought about motorcycles.
I told them that they better think about motorcycles. The way the tracks come from the other direction without notice, and then "trap" a bike in the middle of a turn, could create a dangerous situation since these Trolley Tracks have a large gap between the rail and the asphalt.
They stated that they would "take it under advisement" . I told them I would be watching for word on the first bike accident/injury due to the situation and would be the first to testify that they were aware of the danger. I was really glad I didn't have a passenger on the bike as I had to really throw the bike back and forth within my lane since I had a big freakin bus right next to me in the turn. I couldn't go to my right and the *&%$#N tracks were moving across my lane to the left.
Nothing like being railroaded down a road.