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....
Have concerns about completely segregated cycle lanes. Doesn't it introduce additional road cleaning? And if the cycle lane isn't cleaned regularly… If someone hits the outside kerb it could be dangerous couldn't it?
However, if they are used just in the most congested CBD areas (how does that work?), in addition to bike stations, they could be a great incentive to get more people cycling.
The pic shows one of the lanes im talking about. It's an early shot, so doesn't have the line markings etc. The lanes are alongside the road, and I never encountered any debris etc on them, and was certainly much less than riding on the 'normal' bike lanes where all road debris seems to be swept into the bike lane, or to the left of the shared lane where we are usually forced to ride. Also think a normal vac truck would fit through easily enough when needed. I was more than happy to ride on these lanes, than co-mingle with CBD traffic (I had previously been hit by a vehicle on a CBD street...). Not sure how much has changed since, but these lanes were primarily in the CBD, and provided direct connections between the river bikeway, and from the major entrances to the CBD, and also to the city cycle centres (parking and shower facilities etc). Still, its great to see the ACC being proactive too.
Tank St via Google Maps:
Using www.nearmap.com a clearer view of Tank Street without the shadows. If you move to the right, will see the separated bike lanes on George Street.
Suggest moving in the opposite direction also, towards the Brisbane River. Dual green-coloured bicycle paths, next to a pedestrian path. Much better than the horrid shared path of River Torrens Linear Park.
Womble, I have photos still in my camera taken in Oct-2011 of the finished two-way bike lane on George Street, and the single bike lane in a street that leads away from George Street towards the Brisbane River. If you moved to Adelaide, when was that?
I strongly support separated bike lanes along busy streets, plus for short sections around corners, e.g. the 90 degree corners on the ACC squares where vehicles cut across the bike lanes.If bike lanes have physical separators from travel lanes, then debris from vehicle crashes are less likely to be 'swept' by car tyres into bike lanes.
The Netherlands has many separated cycleways which explains why their cycling rate is 55%. Can you imagine that many regular cyclists in Australia? Cyclists would be the majority, and the media would stop giving rabid drivers a platform to denigrate cyclists.