Cycleway design in Berlin and beyond

Background Reading

Summary

Rather than continue in a straight line to the junction so that bikes and turning cars meet at right-angles, the cycleway suddenly swerves left into the blind spot of turning vans. (See for yourself here.)

Rather than continue in a straight line to the junction so that bikes and turning cars meet at right-angles, the cycleway suddenly swerves left into the blind spot of turning vans. (See for yourself here.)

The author writes:

I often see people refer to studies of German cycleways where the conclusion is that they’re dangerous, then claiming that these studies are evidence that all cycleways are therefore dangerous.

There is a corollary to this notion.

Safety‘ is not an inherent result when bike lanes are implemented.

Perhaps the notion of ‘Bicycle Comfort‘ is the first evidence that a portion of the Urban Cycling Community actually ‘gets it‘. As far as any cycleway, German or otherwise being dangerous, you would have to show that the mortality and/or injury rate had increased after the installation of the infrastructure. Right?

I seriously doubt you can complain that a single cycleway design is claimed to be indicative of all others any more than you can make the claim that the absence of any bicycle infrastructure is an evidence of unsafe conditions. It sounds odd to put it in those terms but that is clearly what the problem with assumptions brings us to.

Copying the infrastructure of a given area of the world does not insure that its implementation in the new location will result in a decline in mortality and injury rates. That is far too simplistic.