Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Poor road design

The Canada Bay area is a nice place to live.  It's on the water, with plenty of waterside parks and rowing and sailing clubs.  There are walking and cycling tracks around most of the waterfront areas, including a well known circuit called The Bay Run.

The following video was shot just off the Bay Run, and it shows one of the main bike routes that goes to and from The Bay.  Earlier this year, Council improved the bike lanes along Barnstaple Road, widening the lanes and marking them with fresh paint.  Along most of Barnstaple Road, the bike lane has been sensibly positioned and most drivers keep out of it.

Unfortunately, that's not the case where Barnstaple meets Henley Marine Drive.  Cars coming off Henley Marine Drive and into Barnstaple Road tend to cut the corner, driving into or right across the bike lane.  The video below shows a sequence of cars over a five minute period.  Only the last two cars remain completely outside the bike lane - the rest infringe on it enough that if there was a bike in the bike lane, there would be a collision.

video

Clearly, there is something wrong with the way this lane has been marked if so many cars are cutting into it.  Some sort of road treatment is required to force the cars to swing out wider when taking this bend, or the bike lane needs to be moved towards the kerb to allow cars to take the more natural line through the bend.

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