02 September 2008

International Bicycle Infrastructure: Ferrara and Bologna

Bike Lane and Cyclists in Bologna, Italy
Here's another bike lane, this time in Ferrara, Italy, where 31% of all trips are made by bike. Ferrara is about 50 km from Bologna and is one of the great cycling cities in Europe.

Bike Lane in Ferrara, Italy
And here's Bologna. Bike usage is at about 20% here. It's great to see that they have a separated bike lane but on this, a car free day, the Citizen Cyclists take to the road. Style over speed. No rush. Just pedalling casually to work or school.


Raquel said...

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anabananasplit said...

I'd probably prefer to ride on the normal road instead of on a bike lane that forces me to ride on the door zone... :-\

Yokota Fritz said...

Some of these are okay, but that ultra narrow one in Ferrara looks downright dangerous.

Do Copenhagen segregated paths typically have the tall and hard curbs as pictured in Bologna? In the USA, lower curbs that are angled instead of vertical that are friendly to bike tires are much more preferred -- newer installations even use rubberized material. They're still big enough to give a noticable thwap to motorists, but allow cyclists to take it easy, wander a little to the side and even bump into the curb without falling over.

Yokota Fritz said...

Sorry for the double comment -- here's a photo of the type of curbs we use in the USA on newer facilities:


bikecity said...

this is nice post, i'm italian. I live in Rome, but here we have some problems; we haven't got enough bycicle streets ma we hope that something will change soon!!!!

greetings from Rome

Zakkaliciousness said...

the door zone is less of a problem in cities that are used to cyclists.

and fritz... again... it is a city that is used to cyclists, like copenhagen, so it's only dangerous if you want it to be... :-)

our segrated lanes have kerbs like any other kerbs. i'm not aware of any safety issue regarding them. we've have them for so many years that it is second nature. if you're going to implement them in cities where cycling is a new feature, your rubber barriers are a great idea!

bikecity: Rome is forgiven. Any city that features thousands of smartly dressed beautiful women zipping in and out of traffic on vespas is forgiven.

Yokota Fritz said...

I'm not talking about the narrowness per se, but those sign posts sticking out look like an accident waiting to happen. Even just a second of inattention can easily mean a handlebar catching the signpost.

In the USA, there's an emphasis on deliberating designing traffic features so they don't kill you if you make a mistake. Hence our water filled crash barriers, utility poles that are designed to break off, "Jersey" barriers that are designed to direct traffic back onto the road instead of just causing a crash, and so forth.

For cyclists, that would mean things like storm drains that won't catch wheels, and lower curbs across potential cyclist right of ways -- cyclists do need to make left turns, after all, which is why these lower curbs are considered desirable here. The Santa Cruz curbs I mentioned were designed by cyclists for cyclists.

Ron said...

The picture titled Bologna is actually from Ferrara and vice versa. I live in Ferrara and often bike in Bologna. Ferrara is actually pretty bicycle friendly, it has an government office for bicycles and the bike lanes and routes are pretty intelligently laid out. Bologna, however, must have had someone with multiple personality disorder working on their bike lanes. Most are pretty much like the one in the picture. Ferrara is known as "the city for bicycles," while Bologna, however, has a sign announcing it as a city for autos when you approach the train station from Ferrara.

I also tend to avoid the door zone, but that is also because my bicycling skills were honed in the US (where I am from).

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Erik Willumsgaard