When I ride my bike down Glenway to the bike trail, I am now a traffic calming device. I do not like it.I know what he means. That stretch is an awful accident waiting to happen. Although I'm fortunate enough to be able to conveniently access the Southwest Bike Past from the yet-to-be calmed Commonwealth Avenue, I know what he means, as I drive up and down Glenway all the time. I always marvel that more people don't get hurt. The calming islands here seem more like a triumph of theory over reality than a practical safety measure.
On Glenway, as you approach the trail from Mineral Point Road, there are three of those islands designed to narrow the roadway. As a result there is no room for a car to safely pass a bicycle. As you tool along, cars stay on your rear for a distance of close to two blocks.
The driver does have an option. Accelerate quickly, pass, and pull over before the next 'calming device.' Calm my ass.
Not quite as bad as the congested bridge at the entrance of Vilas Park, where pedestrians and bikers walk toward oncoming, one-way traffic that can't see them till the last minute. But almost.