100-150 N Union St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
On North Union street several bike lane protector bases are loose and get pushed into the bike lane. This has been a reoccurring issue last winter and during this winter. The loose bases make the bike lane useless when there is snow on the street. The bases are not visible and are angled. When the front wheel hits the base, the wheel slips off and there is a good chance the rider will fall. This happen to me last year on my cargo bike with my children on the bike. Also the bases that have no post on them create an issue when there is snow on the street. When trying to exit the bike lane to the left, one never knows where the bases are located. If the wheel hits a base the same effect on the front wheel is experienced and can lead to a crash. The condition of the protected bike lane is counter productive to it's intend. In the winter, the design does not protect the bike riders, it puts them in more danger due to the increase chance of a crash. In addition riders start riding in the car lane, which gives car drivers the justified impression that spending money on protected bike lanes is a useless investment. I suggest that you either completely remove the bases for the winter or restore the protected bike lane to its original condition. In case the protected bike lane is restored, you will need to a better job maintaining the plowing and deal with the frozen puddles.