As an occasional cyclist, nothing puts me off like feeling unsafe.
Bike lanes help me feel safer, but tend to fizzle out before intersections — just where many cyclists would consider that you need them the most.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a real life example of continuous bike lanes: the corner of Alma and Kooyong Roads, Caulfield North.
Maybe this isn’t news to some of you, but I don’t think I’ve seen a local intersection laid out like this before.
Someone somewhere has obviously decided that it’s okay if occasionally a pedestrian (or a cyclist) holds up a left-turning vehicle, in turn holding up vehicles going straight ahead.
You can’t have two lanes going straight ahead, because with the bike lanes there’s only room for three lanes (altogether).
But it shows that it is possible to provide bike lanes that don’t vanish when approaching an intersection.
Build bike lanes like these up into a continuous network and we might see a lot more cyclists.
- According to a map on City of Glen Eira’s roads page, the council (not VicRoads) is responsible for the management of both of these roads.
- Under the VicRoads SmartRoads strategy (still not signed-off by the council), both are local roads, though Kooyong Road is also identified as a bus priority route (route 605 runs uses it).