This morning, I needed to make a bike trip to the MacArthur BART
Station Transit Village. This provided another opportunity to test out the 40th St. Green Stripe.
It will certainly be my last time riding this road.
One thing I hadn’t realized is that the Green Stripe has a big gap. It inexplicably does not reach Broadway. Perhaps Oakland ran out of green paint? The gap makes this project even dumber than I had imagined.
So as I rode the Green Stripe, a pimped-out Mercedes sedan pulled up behind me. Having the Green Stripe of protection, I established myself in the center of the lane. This resulted in considerable amount of honking, and I looked back to see the Mercedes riding mere inches from my back tire. As soon as a gap opened in the passing lane, the Mercedes zoomed close enough to force me off the road. I caught up at the light, and the usual road-raging ensued.
Of course, asshole drivers can show up anywhere, but they are attracted to wide arterials. Laying down a green stipe won’t work on a wide arterial with fast trafffic. It is time for Oakland to end this ridiculous experiment.