28 July 2012

Communicating Cycle Tracks to Citizens

Hi Cyclist!
Photo by Jaime Dieppa from Citibici.es

This sign is currently positioned along the City Hall in Copenhagen. It's from the City's DoT and Bicycle Office and uses the behavourial communcation template Copenhagenize Consulting developed a few years back.

It reads:

"Hi, Cyclist! Soon you'll be able to ride safe and secure along the City Hall Garden on a 2.80 metre wide cycle track with a curb."

This stretch along the City Hall is one of the few stretches of main streets left that doesn't have a separated cycle track. It's been a painted lane next to a bus lane, which is next to six lanes of traffic.

So now it's getting redone so it adheres to the Best Practice in the rest of the city. And that 2.80 metre width is one way, of course.

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There are about 20,000 cyclists - in both directions - on this artery and making it safer will encourage more to use the route.


KEdas said...

I think you should write „UP to 20,000 cyclists“, because counter numbers shows only 7400 cyclists per day on average. :P
Heard similarly tripled numbers in Odense this year, but counters show absolute numbers from stated day, so it is not difficult to calculate averages.
Haven't you read Hembrow's article about your miscalculations? Look here: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2009/12/truth-about-copenhagen.html

Edward said...

KEdas, you may be right but 7400 a day is nothing to be sneezed at.

The counter only counts bicycles travelling past the counter.

I wish my city could implement just a few of the things that are now taken for granted in Copenhagen. It would make a massive difference.

Slow Factory said...

Does KK or CC own the term "Best Practice"?

Lars Barfred said...

The official average traffic on the street is 56.000 cars and 21.000 bikes.

The roads crosses "The Lakes" one of the primary recreative areas, the city hall square, the harbour, and one more landmark park. It is by all means the most destructive street of Inner city Copenhagen.

The street is a disgrace to Copenhagen. More than half has no bike path, and bicyclists are forced to drive thru a parking lot running parallel to the street, often blocked by tourist busses.

On the particular stretch, there are 8 car lanes, an additional two lanes are used for car parking. on one side there is a painted bike lane 2,3o m wide, on the other side no bike lane.
The new bike lane will replace the existing, and to make it a little wider (from 1.6 to 2,8 m) they will carve out 1.5m wide all of the stretch from a park, running along city hall. Rather than cutting down of the total of 9 car lanes. Car lanes are holy it seems.

...And there are no plans to make a bike path on the other side of the road.

Slow Factory said...

Best Practice.

Mikael, if they didn't use your sign design would you criticize this?

KEdas said...

> Rather than cutting down of the
> total of 9 car lanes. Car lanes
> are holy it seems.

I completely agree with this opinion.
My impressions from Copenhagen this April were the same: much marketing and sad reality. All infrastructure improvements are seen only in booklets, but cyclists conditions are terrible (compared to ANY Dutch city). Even Sweden looks less car centric and more organized.

bbbbb said...

"...but cyclists conditions are terrible (compared to ANY Dutch city). Even Sweden looks less car centric and more organized."

Sorry to hear about your blindness ,keep well ,all the best etc...

Frits B said...

@bbbb: KEdas stipulated "compared to ANY Dutch city". Which is entirely true. Come and see for yourself.

Brent said...

In my experience, two years ago, once you leave Copenhagen the cycling infrastructure gets worse, even non-existent. I suppose I felt right at home, because it looked like what I have at home, in Los Angeles. Northern Germany was overwhelmingly better than Denmark for separated paths and route markings. But the Netherlands rules them all -- it's unparalleled for cyclists in any country I've been.