04 November 2008

Copenhagen Blue

The Birth of Copenhagen Blue
This is a busy intersection in Copenhagen. It has recently undergone a re-think, a re-working and a re-structuring.

After all that, it was time to repaint the bike lanes. The Copenhagen Blue lanes that remind motorists, and cyclists, that they are crossing an intersection.

With the amount of bike lanes we have, it's rather routine. I love the fact that this painting of the bike lane took place in rush hour for both cars and bikes. They had to shut off two lanes of traffic and redirect the bikes. On this stretch there are maybe 50,000 cars a day and 25,000 bikes. But hey, the lanes need to be painted.

There were two city workers doing the job. One doing the painting and another to make sure nobody intruded on the new paint. All very casual, despite the traffic rush. All very routine.

6 comments:

Karl McCracken said...

Love it. What's that blue surface like under the tyres in the wet - like normal white lines (think: oiled soap), or does it have a grippy grit embedded in it? I'm guessing it's the latter...

Zakkaliciousness said...

i don't notice any difference.

and you're right, they've probably thought about traction and slipperiness when developing the paint.

burrito said...

I'm curious - how long does the blue paint last? On a busy section of road would they have to reapply it every year?

The engineers I work with aren't keen on painted lanes, apparently all the surface treatments they've worked with have not lasted very long (and I guess there's not much of a budget to reapply it frequently).

Pierre Phaneuf said...

Blue is my favourite colour.

tinarama said...

Great color! My city council recently approved almost $300K for bike infrastructure improvements, and I just found out a big stretch of my route home from work is going to become a new Class II lane – hooray! It's only a few miles but very exciting to see the commitment to making my town more bike-friendly. I'm going to suggest they paint it blue!

Zakkaliciousness said...

burrito: just got a reply from the City.

The blue lanes are made of thermo-plastic with a mix of sand for traction and non-slipperyness. If there is a lot of right-turn traffic, the lanes may need paint after a couple of years. In intersections with less traffic they last longer.