A note giving credit when it's due. I joined this group a little over a year ago, and made a quick video showing why I thought the bike lanes around Whitmore Sq should be highlighted with green paving. Several other members here, Heather for example, are active advocates for bike safety and I know they regularly communicate with councils about problem areas.
The ACC were shown the link and asked to upgrade the lanes, which has recently actually been finished. Sure, cars still tend to cut the corners and wander all over the place, but now everything short of a separate path has been done to make the bike space stand out. Thanks to everyone involved....
Aah yes, on Monday evening I watched all the traffic around the square spreading the green stuff all over the road. Nothing short of Armco will stop motorists abusing lane lines...
SD, yes thanks are due to the council and any others involved for this initiative!
I ride around part of Light Sq along Morphett st and around Whitmore sq each afternoon and it certainly stands out!
Motor vehicles will still drive over it but at least the Council have done a job highlighting our piece of road!
On 11-Nov-2011 I posted an update at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/adelaidebug/forum/topics/morp...
council hopes to add 'vibraline' soon. something that rattles when vehicles drive over it, to discourage vehicles from entering the bicycle lane. this is used in victoria but not yet in sa. will require permission from dtei for installation.
ac members could email council and thank them for the green coloured bike lane sections. say that it has helped a little and look forward to dtei approving installation of vibraline here. would be even better if you sent copy to dtei's office of cycling & walking. not at liberty to hand out a person's email address. can someone find a generic email address, publish here, then cyclists could have the subject as attention: office of cycling & walking.
Heather we use it extensively over the state Dukes Hwy, Main North Rd up to Crystal Brook etc. If you mean it is not used inconjunction with bike lanes that may be correct but in the wet to an unsuspecting rider it could actually be a bit of a hazard. The vibra line consists of small raised strips that stand proud of the pavement on the painted line. When driven over it causes a vibration feeling and noise heard and felt inside a car. Could be a bit of a surprise to the odd cyclist.
These vibralines are used on the Sth East freeway on the inside white line seperating the left lane from the hard shoulder. I suspect they could be hazardous to cyclists under any circumstances, I'm curious as to how wide spread they are in Vic.
Jeremy, thanks for the info. Do you work with DTEI? Perhaps ACC meant in relation to bicycle lanes. It has been used on some Melbourne bike lanes, although I do not have a picture at my finger tips. It looks like a white line with lots of small strips across it, so sounds like the same stuff. In country Qld this year, I saw something similar which was lots of short parallel white lines / things on the road edge next to the gravel. Purpose is to alert drivers who are drifting off the road.
As for the vibraline being a hazard for cyclists when placed between the bicycle lane and travel lane, assumption is that cyclists stay in the bike lane, while drivers are reminded to keep out of the bike lane.
"assumption is that cyclists stay in the bike lane" except to pass broken glass, fallen branches etc etc etc
+1 Patrick, if these lines are the same as those used on the Sth East Freeway they would be dangerous for cyclists.
They are really only necessary for just a couple of metres and only on corners or where bike lanes may protrude towards the traffic slightly, just enough to make vehicle drivers aware that they are not staying in their lane.
I used to.
Hi Guy's, I installed the bike lane last sunday for the ACC, I will just point out that the product is designed
to fracture over the first few days after installation as the product is resin based and then covered with loose 3mm stone.
Cars driving over the lanes will spread the loose bits around a bit but it is being swept regularly.
I won't self promote the company as I have become a bike rider myself recently and have picked up many great tips from joining this website but if anyone has any questions I will be happy to help regarding the coloured road surfacing.
Having worked and cycled in Brisbane for the past few years, it was great to see Brisbane City Council actively promote cycling (and they needed to, as traffic was terrible...), to the point of installing 'hire bike stations' etc all over the city (literally hundreds of bikes placed for hire by swipe card system). Also included has been similar painted bike paths (approx 2 metres width), but completely segregated from the road by seperate kerbing. It was fantastic to be able to ride to my place of work through the CBD without needing to be amongst vehicles or worrying about dreaded car doors opening. Good to see ACC getting on board too.