Road ecology blog: Wider striping and narrower lanes to reduce traffic speed

March 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Image below: Wider striping and narrower lanes to reduce traffic speed an increase safety, N310, Arnhemseweg, near Otterlo, The Netherlands.

Wider striping and narrower lanes to reduce traffic speed an increase safety, N310, Arnhemseweg, near Otterlo, The NetherlandsWider striping and narrower lanes to reduce traffic speed an increase safety, N310, Arnhemseweg, near Otterlo, The NetherlandsWider striping and narrower lanes to reduce traffic speed an increase safety, N310, Arnhemseweg, near Otterlo, The Netherlands

 

Image below: Road striping to reduce traffic speed and to communicate that the road is to be shared with bicyclists, Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands

Road striping to reduce traffic speed and to communicate that the road is to be shared with bicyclists, Lage Vuursche, The NetherlandsRoad striping to reduce traffic speed and to communicate that the road is to be shared with bicyclists, Lage Vuursche, The NetherlandsRoad striping to reduce traffic speed and to communicate that the road is to be shared with bicyclists, Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands. In the old days this would have been a two lane road with striping in the middle of the road leaving no or very little space for bicyclists. The current striping configuration is different. There now are two narrow lanes, one on each side of the road, primarily intended for bicyclists. Motorized traffic can use these narrow bicycle lanes when a vehicle approaches from the other direction, as incated by the intermittent striping. However, the striping pattern now suggests that motorized vehicles are a "guest" when they go past the stripes, leading to greater respect and safety for bicyclists.The striping also makes for a narrower lane for motorized traffic and reduces traffic speed, especially when a vehicle approaches from the other direction.

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