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How dedicated bike lanes work in Amsterdam

By Grail - 16 August 2011 81

Following Pedal Power’s contentious proposal yesterday for barriers to separate bike lanes on Northbourne from traffic here’s a look at how they do things in Amsterdam.

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The cycleway is the red portion of this pavement.

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Here’s another example of Amsterdam. Two-directional tramway in the middle-through-lower-left. Bike path on the left behind the teal bollards, and to the right. Sandwiched in there are two lanes of car traffic. This path is about as wide as Northbourne Avenue between Sydney and Melbourne buildings.

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And here is a drawbridge which has two spans: one for cars, the other for pedestrian traffic (i.e.: “Copenhagen style”)

bike path

And remember that the bike paths are shared between bicycles and mopeds.

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wildturkeycanoe 6:32 pm 17 Aug 11

If the Amsterdam idea is so great, why don’t we just adopt the whole lot and add trams to the congestion as well? Seems to work wonders in the CBD of Melbourne! I did notice how difficult it was for emergency services to get past Flinder’s Street station with all the pedestrians, trams bicycles and cars all sharing the same piece of tar. Brilliance by design.
In the words of a wise musician – “Gotta keep ’em separated!”


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