Sunday, October 4, 2009

Guerrilla Bike Path Engineering Task Force

"If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The Guerrilla Bike Path Engineering Task Force."

I've noticed some improvised infrastructure engineering on some rough bike path/sidewalk bridge joints. These are places were the top surface of a sidewalk doesn't quite meet the surface of the bridge. Often it appears that someone has taken a hammer to the raised surface to notch out a tiny ramp. It's not much, but maybe enough to help avoid a pinch flat.

I also notice someone had taken a chisel or similar tool and notched out a groove on a wooden bridge in the One Pacific Place Park. Today I saw that there were two tiny little cement ramps added to the rough transition between bike path and wooden bridge.

I'm sure we've all thought of doing something like this, but lack the time? I can't say I endorse such activity from a legal point of view... but thanks!


The D said...

I've done a few guerilla projects myself. Mot recently doing tree and weed trimming around bridge junctions along my commute route. One area was so overgrown that that a ped or bike could not pass. I rode to work with a machete and was hacking away at the 8' tall weeds when a female walk up on me. Must have thought I was a maniac.

Sometimes "WE" need to do the work. We can't wait for our dead-broke government to do it for us.

Scott Redd said...

Hey The D:

I've whacked a few weeds and moved stuff off paths. Sometimes you do what you have to do.

I don't know what's more disturbing: The D commuting with a machete.

Or, that the idea of The D commuting with a machete not seeming that strange at all.

Mount it like a frame pump... that'd be cool.

The D said...

Funny. A machete mounted like frame pump. This may help (or hurt) my daily commute. I wonder how many shouts I'd receive from motorists telling me to get on the sidewalk.