"Bi-thick-le lane"

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by downfader, 21 Apr 2010.

  1. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

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    'ampsheeeer
  2. Bollo

    Bollo Failed Tech Bro

    Location:
    Winch
    Saw this in the morning's Metro and just knew where it would be heading....:angry:
     
  3. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    Location:
    Woking/Norwich
  4. OP
    OP
    downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    Cheers for the link. That DM article is attracting the usual nutters. Including one lady driver who wants us all on the pavement. What The Fudge? :laugh:
     
  5. Bristol Dave

    Bristol Dave Active Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Looks like the line painter measured from the center line instead of the kerb IMO. A training issue?

    BD
     
  6. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    None of the "Commenters" have criticised the driver for crossing the line in to the cycle lane when there is a cyclist in it.:laugh:
     
  7. Lizban

    Lizban New Member

    Location:
    Blackheath, London
    Does anyone else not think that it is barmy?

    Love the idea of bigger and better cycle lanes but come on!
     
  8. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Why? Recommendations from various sources are 2 metres.
     
  9. Lizban

    Lizban New Member

    Location:
    Blackheath, London
    But in reality cars need more space than bikes (runs hides and seeks cover)
     
  10. Not barmy (as I do understand the science) but not exactly promoting good cycle-car relations.

    I have often wondered how effective it might be to have REALLY wide painted lanes (in a single colour, like the new Super highway blue) that just sort of "fade" out to tarmac on the right, this would not create a defined boundary and might possibly encourage a little co-operation form car drivers.

    It would look like half the lane is "potentially" for cyclists.
     
  11. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    Yes, I was thinking that too.
     
  12. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    We have these on contraflows, people tend to ignore them and get angry anyway. I take all the kicking and screaming in the article as encouraging - Daily Wail readers do really know what cycle lanes are for and how they should behave, just the bigger lane is making them feel guilty. This tells me that a lot of other lanes in the country should either be taken out or enlarged.
     
  13. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    If Bo Jo had built that in London many people would be saying he's brilliant.

    For that particular lane they could have taken 6 inches or a foot of the other lane and given it to the middle lane. I suspect they were a bit uneasy about doing it as it is a downhill lane.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    On that hill you wouldnt need it downhill. You could hopefully, safely, take the lane and do 35+mph without pedalling there. Its pretty steep.
     
  15. I don't understand. Cars are perfectly at rights to drive straddling a dotted lined cycle lane and should be giving cyclists that much room when they over take anyway. What difference does this make apart from making a seemingly futile attempt to edumacate drivers.
    Or do I really not understand what's going on here?
     
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