10 May 2010

Bicycle Infrastructure Creativity and Details

Bike Turn Lane Roskilde
I like details like this. Even when you have a big, bad-ass book featuring all the Best Practice for bicycle infrastructure - (How many cars on that street each day? What's the speed limit? Right... turn to page 86 for your bicycle lane, please) - there is often the need and possibility for details that fit one particular spot. It's where bicycle traffic planners get to be creative.

This bicycle turn lane is in the Danish city of Roskilde, outside the train station. Like every other Danish city, there are bike lanes. Separated or painted, depending on the traffic volume. Most traffic here continues straight on but there are those who need to turn left. Take out a little piece of sidewalk and wiggle in a turn lane. Sweet.

This one features a button for the cyclist to press when they need to turn. There's no irritating waiting time, it's a quick, efficient process. Perfect for Citizen Cyclists on their way through the town.

8 comments:

Matt Williams said...

I really wish planners in the UK were as creative as this.

Bristol Traffic said...

The light is the key thing. Without that all you have is a way for people to die

Peter said...

Would the law allow a bicyclist to make a regular left turn here (a vehicular one) if they wanted? Or do they have to make a pedestrian turn?

Sirius7dk said...

There are probably no law against it, but as all (or most) cyclists are using the bike lane already, it would most likely be quicker to use the lights instead of turning in front of cars that might not expect you to turn (or give you space to turn for that matter)

The above is just my impression of it and might be entirely wrong as I have never been in Roskilde and have not seen the junction :)

Rasmus Jensen

William said...

Peter, as far as I recall, once the bikelane is present, the bicyclist must stay on it. The thing about this road, is that it features a lot of heavy traffic for a relatively small road. I remember crossing this road daily during the Roskilde Festival, and there were trucks and busses all over the place.

On the other hand, the blue lines are not actual bike-lanes. When they were introduced some years ago, it was marketed as a way to show people where to expect bikes.

tl;dr you can turn here, but prolly wouldn't want to.

sexify said...

A thoughtful idea. Like the footstand at traffic lights. Like Japan's bicycle mittens and umbrella holders. Like so many great ideas that people come up with when bikes are normal.

Adam

Mikael said...

can't think why on earth a cyclist would want to pretend they're a car and turn 'vehicularly' when a box turn is a safer, more convenient option.

Peter said...

Because when the traffic was light and there is a break in traffic, it would be a lot faster to simply make a vehicular left turn than to wiat for a signal change.