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Bike Lanes Gone Wrong

Posted by Henry Scott on January 28, 2009

badbikelane01A friend recently sent me some snapshots of poorly executed bike lanes (these are alleged to be from Spain, but I haven’t verified the origin). I’ve seen some poor designs before, but these take the cake.

It appears that these lanes were actually installed around the obstacles — making it virtually impossible for them to be used. Part of me wonders if this is a hoax, but then again I could imagine a well-intentioned non-cyclist implementing these without realizing just how unusable they are. Perhaps the majority of this bike path is perfectly clear.

In any event, I think this image nicely conveys the importance of continuity and convenience in the design and implementation of effective bike routes. Personally, with lanes like this, I’d stay on the road.

See below for additional examples:

Here’s another; note the bus stop just ahead!

badbikelane02

Slate.com has posted a video of what they describe as the “Stupidist Bike Lane in America in L.A.”.

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4 Responses to “Bike Lanes Gone Wrong”

  1. Paul Taylor said

    You’ve hit one of my ‘hot buttons’ Henry. We should never allow Multi Use Paths to be built unless they meet AASHTO standards.

  2. Adam Bee said

    Funny stuff! Are there more pictures of bike lanes gone horribly wrong somewhere?

  3. Joe Canarecci said

    Singletrack commuting! I think theres a logjam up by that suv:)

  4. There is quite a large collection of bad bike facilities collected at the Cycle Facility of the Month website, based in the UK.

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