I don't hate the 5th Street alternative route idea but I do have concerns. Crossing 4th Ave at 5th St is pretty difficult because of the cars on 4th slowing to look for scarce parking spots and the lure of the Brooklyn parking lot. It would need a traffic control device. Stone is actually a lot easier to cross and the same is true for Euclid. I like the sharrows on University but I did speak to a wheelchair user who hates them. She liked having a line to ride on one side of. She also doesn't like the 4 way yield at Treat because it makes the intersection less safe for her on her wheelchair. Personally and subjectively I don't have a need for any changes at either Swan or Craycroft but I'm not the target audience for them either. I already use a bicycle for virtually all of my personal transportation. I also don't cross Swan or Craycroft daily so my experiences are limited. I've never had a problem but that doesn't mean one doesn't exist. Looking at a lot of the proposed changes it seems to me that an Idaho Stop Sign Law would solve a lot of the problems. Giving bicycles the option of treating stop signs as a yields but still requiring cars to stop would completely solve Treat and a number of other intersections. Thanks to T-Dot, Tom and others for putting together this event. It was fun to see all those bikes parked outside. It was a great opportunity to talk to people. 3Wheeler, you run the lights at Country Club and Tucson Blvd.? That just seems wrong to me. Traffic lights are on fairly major roadways and they create an expectation for drivers of ALL vehicles. When those expectations are violated bad things happen plus it reinforces the idea that bicycle riders are just a bunch of lawless hooligans riding against traffic on sidewalks and running stop signs at full pace. I hate it when I'm there at Tucson patiently waiting for my crossing signal and bikes just ride through. Traffic works when everyone does what everyone else is expecting. That's why u-turns mid block on side streets are so dangerous. I am with you on Alvernon though. I never use the light or the sidewalk there unless somebody else has already triggered it. I see riding in traffic as a cooperative venture and I try ( and sometimes fail) to hold up my end of the deal.
Individually, crossing may not be a problem. When school starts, cyclists will be crossing in larger numbers kind of in a surge. Some will walk their bike, others will ride in the crosswalk - legal, but many drivers don't think so. I continue to believe Euclid will be a concern in an uncontrolled situation.