3 thoughts on “Separated bike lanes

  1. atom

    the door-buffer is awesome and critically necessary for this type of bike lane. here in wellington, too many bike lanes occupy the door-zone. my only concern with this type of infrastructure is that cyclists are hidden from motor vehicle traffic as they approach intersections and driveways. not so much a problem at controlled intersections, but uncontrolled intersections could be sketchy as cyclists and motor vehicles approach at speed with limited visibility of each other.


  2. Megan

    I would love to see these floating lanes with buffers in Wellington. As with any change, I’m sure folks could initially freak with possible consternation or confusion but we all adjust, don’t we? I prefer to adjust to safer conditions, even to slow down as I figure it out, over muttering prayers of “please don’t kill me” in dangerous ones.

    These kinds of lanes not only would keep cyclists safer, but I think the enhanced visibility of the bike path to drivers parking along side the buffer would help with drivers’ awareness of the presence of cyclists in general. These types of protected, segregated lanes also elevate the role of cycling in the transit world, making us more acceptable and anticipated commuters to be recognized on the street. The more they see that we’re being accommodated, the more they know we’re there… the more they know we’re there, the more they learn to drive safely around us…the more they learn to slow up around us, they more they may be inclined to ditch their own cars on occasion to join us. The more the merrier, right?


  3. atom

    @Megan – there are two schools of thought on this. one school believes that bicycles need to be given special treatment and be “protected” from motor vehicles, eg segregated facilities. the other school believes that bicycles ARE vehicles and should not be treated differently, eg share the road.

    there are valid arguments for and against those ideologies, mostly applying to different circumstances (terrain {natural and artificial}, traffic speed, culture, number of cyclists, cyclist experience/ability, driver experience/ability, etc), and too often subscribed to with a religious tendency to think that “my way is right – your way is wrong” and “if it works here it MUST work there too.”


    IMHO, generally, areas with slow speed limits should NOT have separate facilities, except if they can safely increase the expedient flow of bicycle traffic around cars that are bumper-to-bumper; areas that are high speed (CBD to the hutt) should have segregated cycle facilities; areas that are in between are tricky 😉 and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.


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