it's all about the stripes

Our Goal:  Safer, more Inclusive Roadways in SETx.


Eric Bender addresses Beaumont City Council with the following message: January 2015, US DoT Secretary Foxx challenged city leaders to raise the bar for bicycle & pedestrian safety by initiating a year-long "Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets".

These are among the nicest homes in Beaumont, Texas, yet Harrison St features open ditches. Why? Why has the City of Beaumont never bothered to finish this road ? It's time to bring Beaumont into the 1990's, yet this was pictured in 2017.



It's all about the stripes! In this video we are proposing Modern Street designs including a Skinny Travel Lane, Signs and Sharrows in the wider outside lane on major thorough fare's in SouthEast Texas. Let's include Bicycles in plans for our Transportation System.

Let’s make Barrington Heights Neighborhood in Beaumont, Texas look like a modern development found anywhere in the world, by finishing it with a Bicycle Fitness Lane.
Barrington Heights could become the Premier Bicycle & Fitness Friendly Neighborhood in Beaumont, Texas with little more than a few stripes & one Stop sign. Barrington Heights could be the first Beaumont, Tx Neighborhood to make a fitness connection with the Folsom Hike & Bike Trail; extending fitness paths and trails to 5 miles & beyond !

Heather says, Bicycle Racks on buses is a good idea.
Interview with Heather Chaisson regarding the potential convenience of bicycle racks on Beaumont, Tx City busses. We also discusses bus usage. She agrees, inter-modal transportation would be a huge PLUS for our community. If you agree with Heather, please, contact City Council: http://beaumonttexas.gov/city-council/contact-city-council/ use the drop down menu to "contact ALL City Council Members.

Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas is getting a Hybrid Street.  The inside or Travel Lane is 9 feet 9 inches from the inside of the curb to the center of the stripe.   The outside lane is 14 feet 3 inches from the inside of the curb to the center of the stripe.    We took several measurements over several blocks.  07.30.17This sets a precident Beaumont, TX can follow.

Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas is getting a Hybrid Street.  The inside or Travel Lane is 9 feet 9 inches from the inside of the curb to the center of the stripe.   The outside lane is 14 feet 3 inches from the inside of the curb to the center of the stripe.    We took several measurements over several blocks.  07.30.17This sets a precident Beaumont, TX can follow.

The City of Beaumont, Texas refused to accommodate bicycles, pedestrians, WheelChails when Striping the newly re-surfaced Delaware St. REFUSED, saying there wasn’t enough room. Baulderdash! The Road, when finished, is 24 feet wide.
Watch as an inpatient red pickup truck driver turns on his rite turn signal, swerves into the left lane to go around, and ultimately cuts off a human being in a wheelchair. The wheelchair (bicycle, pedestrian) has no choice but to use this extremely busy street (12,000+ cars per day) to get from his home to areas of commerce.

A number of videos were made, links sent to city leaders including Mayor Becky Ames & City Council, to no avail. This video shows actual traffic flowing and demonstrated the flexibility and adaptability of motorists to a given situation.
Lets Make Delaware in Beaumont, TX a "Complete Street" with "Skinny Street" lanes & a Bicycle Lane. Lets encourage our Mayor & City Leatership to tale the US DoT's Mayors' Challenge !

The Delaware Raceway in Beaumont, Texas is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

The "Delaware RaceWay" is becoming the "Delaware DeathTrap" for Bicyclists, WheelChairs with absolutely no consideration being made for pedestrians.  After much attention from The Beaumont City Council, Bicyclists have clearly been given the cold shoulder.  NO CONSIDERATION has been given to Bicycles, WheelChairs or pedestrians as Delaware, one of only three East-West through streets on Beaumont's posh west end, is reconstructed. 

    A 12" wide, 6" deep trench will be left open on both sides of the road, along the curbs, as a DeathTrap for bicyclists, WheelChairs & an ankle turner for pedestrians.  These trenches are debris collectors and pose great threat if a bicyclist or wheel chair operator suddenly find themselves trapped in one.

    Since Delaware was being rebuilt, we approached the city suggesting "Skinny Streets" to naturally calm traffic on this neighborhood roadway, where cars constantly drive ten to fifteen miles per hour OVER the speed limit.   Speeding is not only dangerous to bicyclists, but to fellow motorists as well.
     According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, "Skinny Streets", basically narrower lanes, naturally cause drivers of motor vehicles to become more alert and slow down.   
     Calmer traffic, slower speeds, means a safer neighborhood road.  Not just safer for motorists, but for bicyclists and pedestrians as well.  
     Is it too late for Beaumont, Texas?  No.    Binary thinking and extravagant spending has been the bane of our community.  If the project is not sensational, it’s not worth considering, has been the attitude.  Beaumont needs "Skinny Streets" and “Complete Streets” on all their major through ways which would involve Signs & Sharrows.  We're not talking about busting concrete, just changing how streets are striped.  Beaumont, Texas leadership needs to re-think how it's streets are being striped- it’s literally that simple.  It's all about the stripes.  By simply changing the lane configurations, by changing the way the roads are stripped and adding appropriate signage, Beaumont, Texas could become a bicycle commuter, pedestrian friendly community.  Gone are the days of their Laissez-faire, small town mind-set.  The time has come to step up and modernize our fair city.


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