Pop-up bike lanes are a big issue in Bloomington. They are a big issue for cars and the flow of traffic. They are a big issue for bikes who want to share the road.
These lanes make bikers more safe and cars more aware. Bikers say it’s dangerous out there. Maybe it is; I haven’t seen it. It's possible bikers aren’t obeying the rules of the road. I talked to an individual who has had multiple experiences in that regard.
If bikers want to share the road they should act as, and be treated as, equals. They like that idea. To be treated as equals, they should have a license plate that costs them, say, $25 annually. The proceeds would offset the cost of the lanes. If they start acting like free-spirited bikers instead of law-abiding drivers, car-driving citizens can take their picture, just like they do for cars that break the rules.
It's a simple solution and makes them accountable. Free-spirited bike incidents will decline as accountability increases. If there's no license, police can issue a fine of, say, $100. I am guessing income from fines will be high for a while, then taper off to zilch, and true equality and safety will be achieved.
No license plates? No way to levy a fine? The anxiety between bikers and those who drive cars will increase. Where will it go from there as free-spirited biking continues? Use your imagination.
Brett Arseneault, Bloomington