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Carrying Bike Lanes Through Intersections–The Dutch Way

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated  and reposted May 11, 2012. 

Video Tuesday

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Cut down the conflicts, minimize the ones remaining and improve the roadway experience for everyone involved–Simple!

Seems like sound advice for any number of intersections.

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Here in Traverse City, we have yet attempted to carry a bike lane through the intersection. Almost every bike lane we have ends at a minimum 20-feet plus before the intersection and the one that does reach an intersection, on Woodmere at 8th St., pinches bicyclists between a curb and turning automobiles with nowhere else to go…(advice: take the lane or cross as a pedestrian).

We can do better, the models are out there. 

mocked up Google Streetview of Woodmere Ave.

  1. Max
    September 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That bike lane to nowhere is a joke. I used it a couple times and it seemed dangerous. If I’m riding on the street on Woodmere, I cut onto the sidewalk at Boyd and use the light signals to cross to the TART. I use that intersection frequently and almost never see cyclists using that portion of the bike lane. Come to think of it, I almost never see cyclists using the bike lane on Woodmere at all. They are using the sidewalks instead. I really liked the video. How would it work in roundabouts?

  2. September 27, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Actually, it’s this intersection that in a certain way mimics a well designed roundabout by offering an opportunity for people on bicycles to be protected through the intersection. It’s not a perfect analogy though. Oddly, the Woodmere/8th intersection would have likely been TC’s first roundabout back in the early 2000’s if it wasn’t for politics.

    More on roundabouts and bicycles in a future post.

  3. Max
    September 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    When I watched the video I thought it seemed like a roundabout for bicycles. Maybe this type of intersection is better than a roundabout? Seems safer for cyclists and pedestrians than a roundabout would be.

  4. Greg
    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Seems the safest and most logical place to ride on Woodmere would be the bike path on west side of street. Cheaper than more construction.

  5. May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    And, if you’re not on the west side of the street? If your accessing businesses/services on the east side? If you’re continuing north to go west on 8th street? There are many reasons why this might be considered for improvement to better facilitate more diverse traffic. Woodmere isn’t the point of the post though.

    I simply wanted to introduce that there are more inclusive designs that work, don’t require additional right of way, and if anticipated for in the normal reconstruction planning over the lifetime of a street, don’t necessarily require huge additional costs.

    People are going to be there whether some like it or not, I say plan for them. It’s public space that we all pay for.

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