The Shoulder Is A Travel Lane
In the last few months I've tried to focus my attention (while biking/walking/travelling) on our transportation infrastructure and how the design ultimately influences its use. Sometimes I take pictures to remind myself where I was and/or what I was thinking about.
One thing that comes up again and again is the issue of and treatment of "the shoulder". In San Juan County there could not be more of a crucial piece of infrastructure when it comes to auto-free travel. The shoulder makes all the difference. If a shoulder is wide (4 feet is our ideal), bicycle and pedestrian travelers have a place to travel in, on the other hand, if the shoulder is narrow (most in SJC are less than ideal), non-motorized travelers have no predictably safe place to travel and rely on motorist awareness for space.
the shoulder IS a travel lane and should be treated as one. We need to shift our perspective to include this important element of auto-free infratsructure in our investment priorities and ensure shoulder maintenance and additions where needed.