jimmy wrote:Same here, i find that i have more problems with pedestrians not watching where they are going, than cars, i believe that if you put a bike lane next to a walk way, pedestrians will eventually start using it themselves. dont know much about these lanes, but were do cars park, and will that cause futher problems.
I find that a big part of the problem with Copenhagen lanes is the same as what already exists with the on-road lanes - lazy pedestrians.
2 problems from my observations:
Firstly, they generally expect vehicles to make a noise. Because bikes are virtually silent, they jump out at the poor pedestrians unexpectedly. Because there is so much going on around them, there is a culture of pedestrians listening rather than looking.
Secondly, many pedestrians are under the false assumption that all bikes go slow. Again, when some are riding almost as fast as cars on streets like Chapel Street and Brunswick street, they jump out unexpectedly,
The solution is better signage, regulation of pedestrian flow and education.
The bike lanes should be painted a different colour to alert pedestrians and increased fencing at the side of the footpath would also help regulate their flow. Signs next to where passengers open car doors to tell them to beware of bikes are also essential.
I have found for example on Chapel street, poor planning forces pedestrians to cross where there are no crossings, because the distance between crossings is too far. For example, between Greville Street and Commercial Road, you have literally thousands of pedestrians trying to shop, but only one pedestrian crossing per half kilometre !
These sorts of problems would only worsen if Copenhagen lanes were introduced, but would be easier if on street car parking was reduced.