31 August 2014

Comfort Testing The Cycle Tracks


A car blocking the bike lane/cycle track. The source of much irritation and many social media photos. This photo, however, is from Denmark and that is a car that we WANT driving down the cycle track.

Cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus don't just build the necessary infrastructure to encourage cycling, keep people safe and help make people FEEL safe, they regularly measure the quality of the infrastructure.

Citizens always say in polls that the quality of the cycle tracks and bike lanes is of utmost importance to them when they are considering to commute by bicycle.

So, specially adapated cars like these are regularly sent down the cycle tracks to measure for bumps and smoothness, among other factors, using laser technology and recording the data.

There is a veritable armada of vehicles designed to operate on cycle tracks. Street sweepers, municipal garbage collection and, not least, snow clearance vehicles like those in our classic article: The Ultimate Snow Clearance Blogpost.

12 comments:

Somersetbiker said...
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Somersetbiker said...

Needless to say, here in the good ol' yewkay, if one uses a psyclepath one of necessity needs a full suspension mountain bike with knobbly tyres to get anywhere.

And, as for sweeping...

Oh, perlease...

I think the equipment on that little car would explode if it tried to measure this typical Crap Britain cycle path:
Colliers Way

Marrock said...

What are these "bike lanes" of which you speak?

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for the comments.
somersetbiker: thanks for the link... things HAVE to get better in yewkay... can't get worse... :-)

marrock... i don't understand the question.

fahrradsozialismus said...

You 'aving a laugh?! The british isles are home to some of the most fantastic cycle infrastructures in the world, copenhagen's got nothing on harlow or conventry!

Somersetbiker said...

This is the way we test the path surface around our way:
SustainableSkaterz

Probably. :-)

Somersetbiker said...

fahrradsozialismus: As you say - fantastic - as in fantasy - as in the world that British Highways Engineers live. That web site is truly wonderful...

As you so rightly say... you gotta laugh!

fahrradsozialismus said...

Yes I can see them now *picturing the Gumbies. A case of life imitating art? :-D

Fritz said...

Regarding Marrock's question: pictured is a a bike path (or cycle track in the UK). Motorists -- even New Yorkers -- don't typically drive on these. Bike lanes (aka cycle lanes in the UK) are a striped off portion of the roadway designated for cyclists.

Zakkaliciousness said...

i love that website, too. it's hilarious.

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