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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

Zero Harm is safer than Safe Journeys

Zero Harm’s objective is that

“By 2020 or sooner all our people*, regardless of employer, will go home safe and healthy, every day, no exceptions”

“Our Safer Journeys ads sometimes employ a shock tactic; for Zero Harm we suggest a slightly different take, adding in an emotional campaign with faces of collegues who care, wives, husbands, partners and children who want you to come home to them safely.” NZTA Highways Information Portal Zero Harm Strategic Plan 2014-2020

Safe Journeys argues for “A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” Statement from March 2010 – Safer Journeys Strategy to 2020.

“If we continue with our current approach, and rely on our existing set of road safety initiatives, it is estimated that in 2020 around 400 people will still lose their lives” (p. 9)

[Sadly only] “alert, skilled, unimpaired drivers should expect to reach their destination without mishap every time” (p.11)

And of serious concern is the fact in the seventh year of Safe Journeys, we still have a road system that is increasingly killing responsible people who sometimes make mistakes in their use of the roads.

Lastly, and most disappointingly, the Ministry of Transport’s official summary of submissions to Safe Journeys referred to Vision Zero as “radical” in response to submitters that urged a ‘Vision Zero Strategy’ (p.12).

As the graph above shows countries setting Ambitious Targets are forgiving more people that make mistakes.

Graph from Quarterly road toll report:

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