human909 wrote:The physical separators used so far in Melbourne 'Copenhagen' lanes have been fairly poor to down right atrocious. Surely if we are doing this we should do it right! The best physical separator is the one the Dutch generally use and one that Australians generally use for pedestrian paths. A grade change with a CURB is the obvious way of doing things. Its worked pretty well for footpaths around Australia, failing to do so for proper bike lanes is almost negligent.
Having plastic poles or intemitent large blocks seems a great way to caused injury. I personally know of several injuries caused by these. One involved a car (taxi) blocking the bike lane anyway.
TheEngineer, PLEASE, could dangerous separators not be used!
Melbourne transport planners seem to have adopted "Copenhagen-lanes" willingly. They have however ignored the fact that most of the real main cycle lanes in Copenhagen do not have separator islands - they are a simple step up from the road to a cycle lane level, and another step up to the footpath, with the lanes painted blue and mostly continued through intersections. BTW they usually simply ban parking along such major bicycle routes.
A number of subtle differences that make a huge impact for rider safety, conspicuity and amenity.