May 16, 2011

Safer Bike Lane Opportunity Missed?

While out riding today I came across a new painted bike lane on 66 Ave SW and was saddened to see that people (yet again) have been placed between the travel lane and the parking lane on a road that could very easily have had a treatment like this...

Portland Unveils Downtown Cycle Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.

Instead, we have this...

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Hey City of Calgary, this could be fixed pretty easily and quickly, and be a great example of putting cyclists from 8 yrs old to 80 yrs old first and perhaps showing how easily this type of safe bike infrastructure can be installed. 

Here is another short video showcasing the concept.

What do you think? 


Stewart aka 'ride' said...

no, no, no, we can't follow the Portland design, what are you thinking?

If we put the cars out in the middle of the road away from the curb, someone might run into them and damage them! Put the cars next to the curb where they're safe, and let the cyclists ride in the middle of the road where they can... never mind.

Dallas said...

Statistics show that non renewable Energy costs are driving people to find other means to travel to and from their places of business, besides motor vehicle. Among many other personal financial cutbacks.

And still as it stands the Calgary Multi User path system is not the 'Deerfoot' of sustainable culture that it needs to be. It is simply a funnel that ends in a bottleneck of cyclists, walkers and cars, all risking each others lives.

Stoney trail must be a kilometer wide at points, and circles much of the City... yet how many Transit stops are there on it ? Just where do you get off and walk ? Why doesn't the 'Ring Road' have a parallel Train system that connects to the Airport ?. and the other C Train depots ?? Why are most of the Calgary City busses running yellow and red lights and spewing diesel exhaust and dripping oil at every stop ?

I've seen so much developement here in the last 10 years, and there's just been so much let down with the single minded motor vehicle transportation concepts.

The shit is just getting a little old Calgary, it's time to modernize.

A rise in accidents will occur, people will get hurt, people may even die. Policing will be attempted, and fail... more people will get hurt.
Oil is the new Jesus.

Alan Selk said...

I live in Madison WI which has many bike lanes and few protected bike paths. There are good and bad designs. Bike lanes with parked cars on the left and traffic on the right are almost always a bad idea. Having to keep an eye out for opening car doors, pot holes etc, and traffic does not make for a relaxing or safe bike ride. Because of the threat of opening doors on parked cars bicyclist are forced closer to moving traffic. It certainly doesn't encourage more folks to get out on there bikes.

In general bike lanes with a curb on the left are a better way of doing it. The subjective feeling of safety is much higher.

No doubt protected bike paths are the best solution for busy roads as long as intersections are well thought out. The example you show in Calgary is and good example of a bad bike lane design.

Scott Dobie said...

In Portland there are large, organized bike advocacy groups that have the numbers and the influence to affect the office of mayor. The members may be of the beads and hemp group but the public faces of these orgs are suit and ties as the video demonstrates. The key to change is organize, organize, organize. Until then, heads up for the latte and Escalade group. They currently rule the road and will continue to do so.