All bicycle lanes are not created equal.

"Hi, cyclist! Rest your foot here... and thank you for cycling in the city."

Bike lanes, cycle tracks. Wide lanes, bike paths. Bike boxes, Share the Road signs. There are more kinds of ‘bicycle infrastructure’ than you might imagine and engineers around the world are constantly improving on what we already have. In the debate on improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians on our roadways, is reminded by readers and friends that yes, there are cheap and proven alternatives to both the status quo and all-new facilities.

These low-tech railings set up for cyclists at intersections on Copenhagen allow cyclists to both rest comfortably without dismounting and push off immediately upon the light turning green. Both improve the speed with which our pedal-powered road-users get going - a common irritant to the over-stressed motorist waiting at the light. Fast Company Magazine has more photos and information on their website here.


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One Response to Not Just Another Bike Lane…

  1. Prem says:

    I often get the sense, and then accept that many possibilities will never materialize in my lifetime. Infrastructure is one of these cases where if anything will happen, it will happen so slowly that I’ll hardly notice it.
    It’s at least partly encouraging to read things like this because it does remind me that although we don’t live in the best of all worlds, the one we do live in isn’t really all that bad. There’s a lot of potential, and I dare to think that humans have thus far contributed a small drop in the great ocean of great things that could happen.
    While not holding out any hope for this particular County to adopt the kind of mindset or organizational practices to itself contribute to this metaphysical list, it’s good to know some places out there are trying to change.

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