07 May 2009

Bicycle Lanes

Bicycle Path by Night
Night lights on a section of the Green Path - the new bicycle motorway.

Separated Bicycle Lane
Over at Copenhagen Cycle Chic I commented that no matter where you are in Copenhagen, or what you're doing, there's some nearby on a bicycle.

The same applies, in a way, to building bicycle infrastructure. There are streets without separated lanes but there is alway construction somewhere. This is from Roskilde, a small city 30 km from Copenhagen, where a painted lane is now being replaced with a curb-separated lane. Parking was removed and the car lane was narrowed in the process.

8 comments:

portlandize.com said...

I think one of the biggest things that separates European countries from the US in terms of transportation, is their willingness to put strict limits on the automobile, in favor of other modes of transportation. In most of the US, we're just starting to take baby steps into the area of reclaiming automobile infrastructure and ideals for other purposes, and it's a stop and start process, when it even happens at all. It would be unthinkable here, for instance, to create laws such as in the Netherlands where in a collision, the driver is basically always at fault unless they were sitting still, or to do as in this case and remove on-street car parking and narrow automobile lanes to make way for a bike path.

We're getting ready to remove a lane of car traffic on a major street downtown (only for 7 blocks), but the on-street parking had to remain, so the cycle path is between the parked cars and the sidewalk. I'm not sure that's going to work well, but we'll see.

Amsterdamize said...

Dave, if the bike lane is wide enough, curbed and there's a small buffer between the car parking and the lane, there's nothing wrong with that. It's a widely used model here.

portlandize.com said...

There is a buffer, but no curb. The main thing I'm worried about is automobile drivers thinking "oh, great, now we have twice as much parking!" :)

Hopefully they'll do some education for the public on what a cycle path is and how best to use and not use it :)

Anonymous said...

What is a "bicycle motorway"? Is it for bicycles and motorcycles? Or motorized bicycles? Scooters? Anything on 2 wheels? How is a bicycle motorway different from a regular bikeway?

Mikael said...

they call it a bicycle motorway as it is for bicycles, although there is a pedestrian path as well.

motorcycles are not allowed to use any bicycle infrastructure. small scooters are. as for motorized bicycles, you don't see them very often in copenhagen.

it's a dedicated path that is separated from the roads, using old railway lines. it cuts across the city providing a quick route from south-west to north-west.

it's not a commuter corridor, but in order to sell it, they call it a bike motorway.

Kim said...

Most countries have a wide network of cycle paths, they are called roads. Cyclist should have just as much right to use them as anyone else, now that would be a true cycling culture...

Mikael said...

interesting theory, kim. but it's just that, a theory. as you may recall, there are stills motor vehicles on those roads. you don't put baby chickens in a cage with snakes.

Anonymous said...

I ride on roads with motor vehicles every day, it isn't necessarily a problem. Both motor vehicles and bicycles are steered by people, they just need to learn to respect each other.