[Carfreeliving] Bike/emergency lanes.
Cheryl.Brinkman at McKesson.com
Fri Jan 6 11:02:16 MST 2006
Hi Car Freers,
I work at Post/Market and frequently see fire trucks and ambulances
trying to get to Market along Montgomery Street during rush hour, sirens
wailing, lights flashing, stuck behind a sea of single occupant
vehicles. I always hope it's no one I know, waiting for the ambulance.
In my mind I see a wide lane that would serve as a bike lane and
emergency service vehicle lane, I would agree to get out of the way of a
fire truck or ambulance very quickly if I could safely ride my bike down
Montgomery and Kearny. (I also see wider sidewalks on Montg/Kearny in my
mind, since the sidewalks appear to carry more people then the streets,
esp. Montgomery: No buses.)
Anyone aware of precedence out there in the US for creating bike lanes
in order to make emergency access faster and easier? Too much
liability? I bet the fire station on Sansome at Washington would be
intrigued. Could speed up their response time.
I know the bike lanes on the Bay Bridge are also being sold as
maintenance and access lanes, but they don't actually exist yet.
Sr. Product Manager
415-732-2699 - fax
cheryl.brinkman at mckesson.com <mailto:cheryl.brinkman at mckesson.com>
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