Vídeo: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for cities to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that cities meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: "If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live." With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians.

Fours steps for safer crossings, after the break...

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"Sharing busy traffic lanes with cars is absolutely unacceptable, and separation by a line of paint is often not enough," explains Falbo. Therefore, he suggests these four solutions:

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    1. Install a corner refuge island that increases a safe haven for bicyclist and pedestrians.
    2. Install a forward stop bar that would increase bicyclist visibility, give them a "head start" in front of cars, and shorten the distance of the crossing. 
    3. Setback bicycle crossings 6 meters from the intersections to increase reaction times.
    4. Install traffic signals for bicyclists. 

Via Plataforma Urbana, PeopleforBikes

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Cite: Gaete, Constanza Martínez. "Vídeo: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians" [Vídeo: Cruzamentos mais seguros para carros, bicicletas e pedestres] 19 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quirk, Vanessa) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/498199/video-safer-crossings-for-cars-bicycles-and-pedestrians> ISSN 0719-8884

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