Easy to deploy & resource as well as short lead time.
No dooring hazard
Increase of both bike & car traffic capacity without widening the roadway.
Safer for pedestrians who don’t cross the road at the lights.
Clearer sight lines for both bike, car traffic & pedestrians.
Opportunity to invest funds saved here on where it’s really needed.
Marxs the Painted bike lanes you describe are
Cheap and nasty
easy for cars to encroach into
provide no major safety benefits
do not provide any traffic capacity, just increases the storage area as it is area at the traffic signals that really dicates priority
unsafer for pedestrians as they now need to cross an extra 2m to get to the safety of the tram line as there is no cars parked during no peak periods
Not suer why you would want to continue to support traffic flow through the city. We should be doing the opposite. 60% of cars in the city are actually travelling through the city. Why encourage them. There are much better uses of 3m x 2lanes of traffic
I think that $2.4M is a good amount to spend in a very constrained environment to provide a hight quality cycle route through the city.
Bike engineers shouldn't be designing for those people who already ride. They will continue riding no matter what facilities are built. We need to build facilities for those people who dont ride and provide the facilites that make them want to ride which basically means physically separated facilities not just bike lanes. Withouth doing that we will continue to only have 1.1% of melbournians riding to work.
From a previous post
At Albert and Clarendon on the westbound leg heading into the city
2011 - 307
2012 - 385
A 25% increase. Cyclists number have been organically increasing by 15%
The lanes work well. Yes they are narrow but hopefully in the future with better rider number we will see improvements. Statistically the Melb average has 1.2 ppl per a car so you are very unlikely to be hit by a passenger.