One of the challenges of adding bike lanes to cities can be the challenge that arises when a bus stop sits where a bike lane should go. But separated, protected bike lanes that step back from the roadway and bus stop work excellently, as can be seen in this video from San Francisco:
Appreciations for Michael Andersen’s description of the above video: “A self-regulating sidewalk ballet.” This Green Lane Project staff writer continues on People for Bikes and asks:
Why don’t more cities escape the curse of bus-bike leapfrogging by putting bike lanes between transit platforms and sidewalks?
Though “floating bus stops” and similar designs are being used in many cities, others have avoided doing so, sometimes out of concern that people will be injured in collisions with bikes while they walk between platform and sidewalk.
People for Bikes continues with an opinion from Seleta Reyolds, the San Francisco Municipal transportation Agency’s section leader for livable streets. She calls the corner of Duboce Avenue and Church Street “a great example of how to design for transit-bike interaction.”
Though it’s only been open since June 2012 and hasn’t worked its way into the city’s official collision records yet, Reynolds said she couldn’t find any record of a complaint arising from the intersection.
Following are more details worth noting:
- “This block is unusual in that it’s closed to cars in the same direction, even on the other side of the transit stop. This removes any risk of right hooks due to limited visibility, an issue that other such designs must handle differently.”
- “The relatively narrow bike-way here, with a curb on each side and a flat grade, prompts people to be moving at manageable speeds. This wouldn’t work as well on a slope.”
- “There is no fence here between platform and bike lane. This gives people maximum visibility and maximum flexibility as they negotiate past each other.
One must appreciate the wind-blown, happy bicyclists actively changing our transit globally. California is one passionate forerunner with the LA bicycle train for the adept or the novice who needs help with safety and skill. This is another great example. A simple yet clever design that makes transportation easy, convenient, and safe for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. Beautiful.