Sunday, July 25, 2010

AITPM conference

The PBT workshop we held last week at the end of the AITPM conference was a huge success. very good response from those attending with great interest in PBT facilitating further discussion across the country to share experience and facilitate debate. One aspect that was raised was the hot topic of Copenhagen Cycle Lanes. Some key issues that need further debate:
  • when are they appropriate or not
  • successes and failures and lessons learned
  • design guidelines/standards
  • a new name?

Maybe the blog could be a vehicle for some debate on this topic.


Conor said...

Even Streetsblog isn't sure what to call these Copenhagen lanes (though I don't know of any US jurisdiction using that name). This article uses "bikeway," "two-way path," and "separated path."

Martin Miller said...

In Copenhagen a separated lane is called a cycle track. In Holland they obviously don't call them Copenhagen lanes because there infrastructure has been like that for decades and is much better. When are they appropriate or not? It is fairly simple. Using the CROW design manual you use the chart, which depends on road speed limits and traffic volumes. In Copenhagen most roads with speed limits greater than 40kmh have physical separation of cycling infrastructure (cycle tracks)and also in Holland most roads at 50kmh have separation as there residential speeds are 30kmh and less in 'Woonerf' streets. Bike paths should also be separated from pedestrians also where possible as they also go at different speeds. It is time to change the Aus. Roads standards for cycling infrastructure in this country, one that benefits all users. David Hembrow explains exceptionally well on his blog,

Robyn Davies said...

Euan Ramsay from Victoria brought to our attention a recent reference on Bicycle Victoria's site to a guide to the use of kerbside runing bike lanes, and a
safety audit of the new Albert Street bike lanes that recently opened in Melbourne.

They're most relevant to the discussions we had in the workshop at AITPM a few months ago. They don't shed any light on the right 'name' for the treatments but certainly increase our understanding of the safety.

Robyn Davies