Thursday, 4 October 2007

What's the opposite of a bike lane?

I've mentioned before the little cycling infrastructure between home and Blackburn town centre, which makes up the majority of my route. The one short cycle lane is near Brownhill (shown in this post ). I concluded the cycle lanes are not generally of much use. The objective should be to consciously separate road users in a way that provides some 'virtual' protection for the more vulnerable cyclist. Here we see the opposite: some road markings and obstacles that promote forcing the cyclist into a restricted road space with motorised traffic. I'm not sure what benefit this device is supposed to have since the junction on the left has a clear view of the road anyway. It seems a lot of taxpayers' money used to create a hazard for cyclists and other minority road users.

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