Criteria for ‘dream’ bicycle infrastructure

Last night I hosted a Bicycle Fast Facts ‘Powered by Pecha Kucha’. Here are some of the main findings.

Jörg Leben talked about Dream Cycling Infrastructure. His research found that different people have different perceptions of safety. Some people feel uncomfortable when they leave the cycle path and have to ride on the road. Jörg explained, based on his interviews with cyclists and non-cyclists, that the 5 criteria for dream infrastructure are:

  1. Surfacing – Smooth surfaces for comfortable cycling
  2. Barriers – Limiting the number of barriers and impediments
  3. Limited delays – Reducing the number of times a cyclist is delayed. For example not having stop and wait at each and every intersection
  4. Space – Enough space for cyclists to be able to cycle next to each other/side by side and even space for families to all cycle together rather than in a crocodile line
  5. Surroundings – Ensure that the environment along the cycle path is pleasant and aesthetically pleasing.

Arvid Krenz discussed his research about accident (crash) black spots in Berlin. According to Arvid the main reason for cyclist crashes in Berlin are:

  1. Cyclists turning at intersections
  2. Bike lanes in between traffic lanes

To resolve this on road bike lanes have been made wider and more visible. Unfortunately very wide on-road bike lanes have resulted in cars using the lanes as an extra car lane

Rainer Ghanahl has been advocating for 50% of all streets in cities to be converted into bikeways. Unfortunately Rainer was unable to join us so John Beeson presented a number of Rainer’s bicycle art projects.

Frank Muller form urban-e told us that whilst cargo bikes are not a direct competitor for cars we could consider substituting some of our city car trips with trips by electric cargo bike. With cargo bikes carrying up to 100kg and traveling at the urban speed limits they have the potential to reduce pollution and congestion. According to Frank on a sunny day you can cycle 10km on a solar powered e-bike on solar energy alone.

Philip Poll from ADFC told us about projects to implement red cycle lanes in Berlin, schemes to redesign roundabouts without traffic signals and how new French road rules and signs have enable cyclists to go ahead on red lights.

Amy Saunders told us about Lazy Sunday Cycle in Brisbane a community based cycling initiative, which has enabled and encouraged less confident cyclists to cycle more of the time. Creating a community, using social media and post cycle BBQ’s have been the ‘Tipping Point’ for success.

‘FAB IN THE LAB’ for Day 1 of Dynamic Connections is Jörg Leben because his vision for Dream Infrastructure confirms the need for my Cycling Super Highways.