Category Archives: Advocacy

A good one-way cycle lane width

Readers need to be aware that this post does have a bias toward giving weaker road users a higher priority for road space. My reading of these design manuals is therefore to identify the widths suitable for people new to biking [Answer is 2.01m+]. Close examination of these guides shows there are minimum widths stated. Please take care if you are looking for minimum values; we know from reading NZTA report 389 that “Narrower cycle lanes [are] three to four times less safe than wider cycle lanes.”

Copenhagen guidelines for the design of road projects – Focus on cycling  (file size 17,954 KB)

Chapter 2 Cycle tracks: Minimum width of a Copenhagen cycle track is 2.2 m

On individual sections, where there is only enough space for a very narrow cycle track (1.7-1.8 m), the cycle track may be installed if planners decide that cyclist safety, security and passability taken as a whole would be improved in relation to the current situation.

The Netherlands – CROW Design manual for a cycle-friendly infrastructure 1996 (Table 4.3*)

A one-way cycle-track of 2.00 m or narrower is not a good cycling-facility [2.01m+ is good]. This is so that cyclists have the possibility of taking evasive action during passing or overtaking manoeuvres.

(photo Koblenz)

Berlin 10 aims because berlin is turning  Aim 2: A 2m width for bicycle lanes on all main roads

The width of bicycle lanes needs to provide sufficient space for safe overtaking manoeuvres.

For more on Berlin here is link to blog post from Copenhagenize – Berlin new hope

Safer Journeys Almost certain fail

Safer Journeys 2010-2020 outcome, rather than being the “safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” desired, seems instead to be  “a road system increasing death and serious injury” judging by the results so far:

A Safe System that adds extra allowance for the fact that people make mistakes and mistakes are inevitable is apparently not working.

For the Waikato the numbers are dreadful –

Heavy motor vehicles feature in a disproportionally high number of crashes in the region, regardless of fault. Unfortunately, crashes involving heavy motor vehicles nearly always result in serious injury or death.

Waikato Regional Transport Committee Meeting 3-July-2017

 “In the year to date (12/06/2017) heavy vehicles have been involved, although not necessarily at fault, in 6 fatal crashes (23% of fatalities), motorcyclists in 3 fatal crashes (15% of fatalities) and pedestrians and cyclists in 3 fatal crashes (12% of fatalities)” (p. 32).

Road safety is no mystery: the agenda tells us

“Setting a more ambitious target would also bring the region into alignment with leading countries addressing road safety through the ‘Vision Zero’ approach” (p. 95).

“Leadership is critical to develop a transport safety culture. The existing model of road safety leadership in the Waikato needs to be strengthened” (p. 97).

The FiA is on the front line in tackling this challenge, together with its 245 member organisations around the world. NZAA is active member of FiA.

Here the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is leading the 3,500 Lives road safety campaign.

The challenge

The #3500 LIVES campaign outlines the 10 rules that can help save your life and the lives of others

Rule 1 [set] Ambitious Target

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