Protected Intersections for Cyclists

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Protected Intersections for Cyclists

Postby wa_desert_rat » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:07 am

This is a short animated video explaining the concept clearly and concisely. I was a skeptic when I clicked on this, thinking that it would be too complicated for US drivers (well all know why) but I think it would work. In some cyclist-heavy cities like Portland, Oregon and others this could save several lives a year and also increase bicycle use. Lots of people would choose to bicycle to work or school but are simply afraid of traffic and so they don't do it.

Worth looking at.

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/12/9139771/pr ... bike-davis
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Re: Protected Intersections for Cyclists

Postby Purple Haze » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:02 pm

Forget all that and just build short bridges like in Germany and the cyclist don't even have to stop.
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Re: Protected Intersections for Cyclists

Postby wa_desert_rat » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:14 am

Purple Haze wrote:Forget all that and just build short bridges like in Germany and the cyclist don't even have to stop.

That would be a huge expense and unlikely to happen in the next 20 years. Europe was way behind the USA when it came to automobile adoption up until the 1970s. The USA has two things going against bikes: the first is distance between towns, cities, and villages. In the EU it can be 5 or 6 miles from one village to the next; in the US - and especially the western US - distances are much longer. In my state, WA, it's not at all uncommon for someone to drive 35 miles one way to do major shopping; especially in the eastern (desert) half of the state.

The second is that we have managed to cut off safe roads by turning so many of them into multi-lane motor-vehicle roadways and freeways. Bridges are commonly encountered with no sidewalks and no shoulders and 50mph speed limits.

I doubt that even these cycle-safe intersections would receive much approval from taxpayers; a large number of them even now think that cyclists don't "pay their way" and don't deserve any taxpayer accommodations. Only in big bike-conscious cities would they even be looked at. The "bridges" would be dismissed out-of-hand.

Two entirely different cultures and ways of looking at things. I like the EU way better for most things but I'm a pragmatist when it comes to what would actually get adopted.
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