19 January 2009

Countryside Bicycle Lanes and City Roundabouts

Provincial Bike Lanes
I am so totally crap at covering the bicycle infrastructure in provincial Denmark quite simply because I rarely get out there. The opportunity arose a week ago when we motored out to the country in our car share car, to spend some time with all the kids and parents in my son's school class.

Just as in Holland and many regions of other European countries, there are bike lanes pretty much everywhere. They vary in style and placement, depending on the amount of traffic they get. If you're really out in the boondocks, you may be stuck for separated lanes, but between most towns there are either lanes on each side of the road or, like in the photo above, a two-lane bike lane running parallel to the road.

This bike lane runs between two towns. One with a population of 4000 and the other, 15,000. It is a part of the regional and national bike lane network. Roughly 10,000 kilometres in all. The respective county is responsible for upkeep of the lanes in its area. Such lanes are primarily used for transport, kids going to school or adults getting from A to B.

As in Holland, it isn't permitted to build any new roads or housing developments in the nation without including bike lanes and facilities in the planning.

Nighttime Roundabout
Meanwhile, back in the city, I love this little roundabout near our place. You're not really in any doubt that bicycles have the priority here. The bike lane is raised up in a kind of circular ridge, which doubles as traffic calming for cars.


David Hembrow said...

It's good to get out into the country.

Something that is often not well understood by people from places where they don't have these paths is how efficient they are in use.

Generally a cyclist can expect to have priority over other traffic. Due to not having to stop, it's like having a linear velodrome to your destination. My speed touring on cycle paths in the Netherlands is higher than on roads in the UK.

There are a couple of other examples of direct countryside routes here and here.

Angus said...

I liked this.


You covered this before but I think it is a nice, positive and down to earth film.

Anonymous said...

The paths are great we have a nice one just a few meters from my home but I miss the lines. On nice sundays the paths are full like a highway :-)

Michael Meiser said...

THought you might enjoy this.



What does our obsesion with saftey say about us? What's more what does your needing to campaign against wearing a helmet say about us?

Shall we start a "saftey last" campaign? :)

Cyclo said...

Hi - I'd love to know how many vehicles per day this handles.


Fonk said...

That's awesome. I'd kill for us to have bike path networks between cities like that here.

When we go out to Summit County (ski country) here in Colorado, we love it because all the towns are connected by bike paths; we can even ride over Vail Pass on the bike path. It's heaven, and my wife loves going for bike rides there. Back here in the city though, where there's few paths actually taking you somewhere you'd need to go on a typical day, she never rides.

I think infrastructure is the biggest obstacle we face here, and if we could get things like this in place, I think we'd see masses of people flock to the bicycle.

RJ said...

Okay, now that just looks like plain FUN!

I would go around and around

and around

and around..

(says the American).

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, I'm envious.

Mikael said...

thanks, michael... intersting. :-)

will.... absolutely no idea whatsoever... and I don't know where to find the info... sorry, mate.