Despite the bad raps leveled at projects in London from the Pope of Urban Cycling folks in Portland see a model worth emulating. Among the things London is contemplating are protected bike lanes like that picture below:
Two things catch my eye:
- The pavement is pigmented, not painted (it would appear)
- Stainless steel bollards separate the bikes from the car lanes.
Sometimes (as in this case) it is far better to ‘keep your powder dry‘ and plan a thoughtful migration to improved bicycle infrastructure. Both NYC and especially Chicago have made a ripe mess of their transitions. They spent far too much money and effort trying to out do one another rather than concentrating on getting their infrastructure properly installed and maintainable. We have many miles of fairly useless bike lanes that cannot be cleared of snow in winter and are a terribly sad looking mess in summer. Nothing, I repeat nothing looks worse than peeling green paint onto which white PVC bollards have been tossed by plows during the previous winter months. Ugh!