Separated And Equal: Cycletracks Are Part Of The Bike-Friendly Toolbox
Updated 12:00pm: fixed links and added image.
Video Tuesday (#2)
“Floating Parking” & Bike-Buffer Zones in Separated Cycletracks by StreetFilms
This type of design has a place in the bike-friendly tool box. Northern Michigan wouldn’t even need that many of them, but I could see them on our MDOT roadways, in and out of the City limits, and our heavier traveled city corridors like 8th St. and 14th St., for example. I’m not saying it would fit, but close your eyes and try to imagine a cycle track from Front St. at the Holiday Inn running east to the college. What a great connection?
Success In The Connections
What’s key though, and not shown in the film, are the transition points between intersections and connecting the cycle tracks to the streets where there isn’t enough room for separated infrastructure, or where it isn’t warranted.
What I appreciate in Montreal, where I last pedaled in a place with buffered and separated bike lanes (as well as having traditional bike lanes, recreational trails, sharrows…), is the cohesion woven between all of the solutions to provide for as many users as possible safely and with convenient opportunities to get to the destinations you need to go to. Done well, cyclists do not feel like they are pushed aside to make way for motor vehicles. Instead, you always know where to go, that you’re respected as a cyclist and that you can reach your destination directly, comfortably and in style.
Close your eyes. Where and how do you see these designs working?
Thanks for the video heads-up, Virginia, (Ding! Ding!)