Friday, September 4, 2009
Real Bike Lanes
I must confess to being a fan of real marked bike lanes, and not at all enamored of the "its an unmarked lane on a wider car lane" policy favored by our fair City.
The above two pictures are on Island Park Drive, which has wide, quite well maintained bike lanes on both sides of the street from Gatineau through to at least Westgate/Hampton Park (you can guess how far I rode on the street...). Throughout the trip, cars stayed off the bike lane and well into their own lane, except for two taxis that drifted all over it.
As the first picture shows well, cyclists get to go to the head of the line at traffic lights, which is a nice perk.
I was trying to recall where else I have seen separately marked bike lanes in the City. There is one on the short section of Somerset where it crests over the O-Train tracks; there is the section of Albert where it goes from Elgin to Ottawa U over the MacKenzie King Bridge (even has its own bicyle traffic light at the east end). I cycle mostly on the west side of the downtown, and cannot readily name other streets with exclusive bike lanes. Suggestions?
As James kindly points out in the comments, separate lanes in centretown and near west end include Bronson south of the canal; Percy & Bay; and Alta Vista Drive.
Also, Prince of Wales from Preston up towards the Sir John Carling Building. Bank St by Billings Bridge. What several of these "bike lanes" have in common is bad / hazardous road strips where the bike lane aids in traffic sorting in a difficult / badly executed roadway.