I spent the last couple of days at the Delaware shore with S., and although I brought Brompty with us, I mostly just sat myself down on the beach and stayed put, once the rain cleared. Today I was back at home gearing up for the first day of school on Wednesday. I’m sad to see summer end, but I’m happy to be getting back to a routine, even if it does leave less time for bicycling aimlessly about. After finishing up a little of this and heading out for my appointment for that it was time to hop on the bike and head down the hill for a spin at the gym and some grocery shopping like the stereotypical thirtysomething working professional I am. Rather than take the terrible bike lane on President to get home in afternoon traffic, I headed to Central–less traffic and still a bike lane. Sort of. I took this on Central between Pratt and Eastern. That’s the bike lane, that broken brick path just the other side of the lane with the patched hole in it. The bike lane. Sometimes I worry that in our dream of having bike infrastructure, we’re just taking whatever we can get, even when it might even make us less safe. Take, for example, that “bike lane” on President. It’s something, but it takes bicyclists over grates, holes, and asphalt mounds. Half of it is in the gutter. Because I’m technically in the lane, cars pull past me even faster and closer. So, yes t bike infrastructure, no, maybe, to take what we can get. Oh, and YES to C.M.’s suggestion that rather than blaming individual drivers and cyclists, how’s about we design roads to calm traffic to make all of us safer. The consequences are deadly.