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Copenhagen bike lanes: separating traffic and cyclists

More and more people are taking to bicycles. In fact, bicycle sales have outstripped car sales for the last decade, with just over 1.2 million bicycles sold in 2008 alone. Cycling is also a great way for people who want the health benefits of regular exercise. It’s cheaper than owning a car and almost as convenient. A commuter paying a two zone fare with their GoCard would end up paying about $1,404 a year in fares. A good bicycle costs around half much- paying itself off in 6 months. With good maintenance bicycles can last up to a decade and longer.

With more people on the road conflicts with pedestrian and car traffic are inevitable. Copenhagen bike lanes are an improvement on the “green painted lane” or “stenciled yellow cyclist” on roads which suffer from cars driving over the lane area or cars parking in it.  The challenge is to expand these from isolated installations into a linked network across Brisbane for high-volume daily commuting just like any other transport system.

Copenhagen bicycle lanes separate car, pedestrians and cyclists from one another. This cycle lane leads to the new Kurilpa bridge

Simple, low-cost and low-key improvements can also have a big impact. Giving cyclists priority parking space near buildings and transport hubs, allowing standard (not just fold-up) bicycles on trains including peak hour with a dedicated space or hook, and access to a water fountain or drink vending machine are small things that can make a big difference on a large-scale.

Central Station, The Hague, Netherlands.

Aim high Brisbane! Central Station, The Hague, Netherlands. Reproduced under creative commons licence from Daniel Sparing's photostream


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May 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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