Comment 123529

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted August 20, 2018 at 15:38:08

A general comment: Usually bi-directional bike lanes are undesirable because of intersections. The only place that the CROW manual recommends them is where geographic features, such as a lake or canal, result in no or very few intersections on the side of the street with the bi-directional bike lanes.

In this case, the Niagara escarpment prevents almost all intersections and driveways used by motor vehicle operators. It is one of the few cases where bi-directional bike lanes are actually the preferred safety treatment, as this removes conflicts between people and motor vehicle operators at intersections and driveways on the south (or eastbound) side of the street.

And there is plenty of room to install very high quality bi-directional lanes that are either off the carriageway entirely or else have concrete barriers between people and motor vehicle operators. I recently took some photographs in Mexico of where this is being done. You know your city has a problem when it is being compared unfavorably to Mexico...

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