I have just read this item on the Sydney Cyclists Forum page.
What made me sit up and pay attention to this is that only earlier this evening I read someone whinging on the AdelaideNow website about how the new bus lanes will be allegedly causing gridlock, the end of Western civilisation, &c.
This study and the accompanying StreetsWiki article seems to suggest that the contrary is true:
A study of highway removals in 11 different countries found that 14-25% of the traffic disappeared completely, and that few if any of the removals resulted in the “traffic chaos” warned of by opponents.
This might be worth bearing in mind the next time you hear someone complaining about these bus lanes (which are also bike lanes), or about bike lanes generally.
I also ride Grenfell St in the am on a daily basis. In the last few days I have noticed a greater cooperation between cyclists and buses hopefully this augurs well for the future and not just a result of being careful as the changes slowly occur. My understanding is that the linemarking will be complete by next week (weather permitting) and that there is a 3 month break in period although I am not sure where i heard that.
This is positive feedback.
So it's not so much a 'Bus lane', but a 'No Private Cars' lane. As far as cyclists are concerned the buses were there anyway and all that's happened is the majority of vehicles have been moved further away from the cycling lane. Sounds like a good thing, yeah?
Yep that is a good spin on it altho Heather will point out that the ACC plan apparently is to eventually remove the cyclists from the Bus lane as well and declare it a Bus Only lane. The red paint they use though is very expensive so it may take a while.
Jeremy, yes the red surface is expensive, a reason why ACC said will not be converted to 'bus only' lane immediately. I think another reason is to get people to accept the change, before making further changes. This will include a widened footpath for the many bus passengers -- realise footpath is squeezy during peak hour. Be aware that bus drivers do not want to 'mix it' with cyclists -- hard to watch out for cyclists when in control of large vehicle, especially bendies. I would appreciate cyclists contacting ACC in support of a bicycle lane where the current median strip, when further plans are drawn up to remove the travel lanes and make 'bus only'.
A bus only lane would entitle riders to take the right hand lane. Motor vehicles would not be able to overtake.
That would also create outrage among the motoring community.
Not a bad opportunity to join forces with motorists that don't ride bikes.
Doddsy, the long term plan is to install a bus only lane, remove the travel lane, and widen the footpath. There would be no lane for private cars. The only space left would be the median strip, which could be replaced by a bicycle lane. Need cyclists to request this before the long term plans are drawn up.
I posted above but may be clearer to you at my post that I mentioned in this post. Link http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/long-term-plans-for-gr...
Is this the email to give feedback? firstname.lastname@example.org
People need to know who to contact, if all they need to do is click a link (instead of searching around) they are more likely to get involved.
Doddsy feedback should be to ACC not DPTI.
THE new city priority bus lanes on Currie and Grenfell Streets and East Tce will come into effect from 7am Monday.
"In addition to buses, taxis, cyclists and emergency vehicles are also permitted to travel in priority bus lanes, improving travel times for these vehicles as well."
In addition to buses, taxis, cyclists and emergency vehicles
Uh oh. Sounds like it will be safer to ride amongst the cars.