23 August 2011

Desire Line Made Permanent

Subconscious Democracy and Desire
Readers may recall the post about the City of Copenhagen's respect for citizens' Desire Lines. The above photo shows a temporary bicycle lane on a stretch of sidewalk that bicycle users kept using. The City tested out a bike lane there. The original post is here: Subconscious Democracy and Desire, where you can read about the concept of Desire Lines, too.

The temporary Desire Line has now been made permanent and bicycle users on this stretch are no longer rolling over the traffic laws. Instead, their Desire Line has been made legal.

Friendly Ramp
Desire Lines can be big or small. Here's another little example near Dybbøls Bridge. Cyclists coming down from the bridge would invariably roll down the bank here, instead of carrying on to the intersection 100 m, or so, behind the camera.


Edward said...

It is small things like this and the flex-parking in the previous post that make Copenhagen such a great source of ideas for other cities.

Roger D said...

It's a bit naughty to include the third picture. People use this long short-cut to avoid the two flights of steps with cyclists pushing both ways. Even then they have to cross the designer cobbles in front of the Island Hotel before reaching the real purpose of their wanderings, the graceful Bryggebro cycle bridge opened in 2006, which then dumps them on more designer cobbles. There must be many Copenhageners whose "desire lines" for the bridge approaches would be much more radical.

Anonymous said...

The desire lines made permanent is one of a few examples where the City of Copenhagen should not have given in to ruthless cyclists. It's incredibly annoying to arrive at this traffic light with the intent to turn left when the light changes, being in the way of, and being harassed by all those who want to take the new bike lane. Instead, a rail should have been put up, like there was at most corners at traffic lights in the old days.

Veer said...

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Anonymous said...

There is a Dutch photographer who made a book about this phenomenon: http://vimeo.com/24915224

In Dutch it's called 'Olifantenpaadjes'(Elephant tracks). I think he also made a website about the matter but it's in Dutch. www.olifantenpaadjes.nl