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Instead of adding a dubiously safe extra set of white lines
between the main part of the road and the parking
shoulder, just extend the sidewalks 3 ft or so, and put the
bike lane there, between the footpath and the street. Road
signs, garbage bins, utility poles, etc would stay where
to the right of the cyclist.
The onus would have to be on motorists to check their
mirrors and ensure the path is clear before opening their
doors. Cyclists would be allowed to swerve, again if the
way is clear, onto the footpath to go around doors which
are already open.
Convex mirrors would be mounted at every alleyway
intersection to allow cyclists to see motorists before they
emerge. Who must yield to whom is a debate for another
time. I'm not taking sides on that one.
[normzone, Apr 28 2014]
||They use dividing curbs in The Hague. On main roads, bike lanes are between the raised pedestrian sidewalk and the parking lane of the road (separated by a curb). The advantage of having bike lanes at road level is that you don't need ramps when merging with the road or crossing it.
||It would actually make more sense to have a
recessed cycle lane.
|| Imagine a trench, about 4'6" deep, down the
middle of the carriageway. Cyclists riding in it
would have their heads just above the road
surface, and would therefore be able to see
|| Cars and lorries would be able to overtake cyclists
easily, as their wheels would be on either side of
the trench, and their ground clearance would
enable them to pass over the cyclist's head.
|| Cyclists would no longer have to weave
dangerously in and out of stopped or slow traffic,
but could simply whizz along beneath them.
||I was hoping for four meter high bicycle paths on
||//and their ground clearance would enable them to
pass over the cyclist's head//
|| "Decapitazione" is an excellent name for the New
||I'm not really seeing how ramps are a disadvantage
to a cyclist. If they become airborne when taking a
ramp at speed, that means they're extra-visible, and
that can only be a good thing.