Archive for July, 2010

In Paris, bus lanes = bike lanes

Bus lanes in Paris are physically separated from car lanes, so that motorists are less tempted to cut into the bus lane, but if the street has only one car lane, the dividers are low enough so that emergency vehicles can cut across lanes to get ahead. Furthermore, the bus lanes are wide enough to let two-wheeled vehicles pass stopped buses. Two-wheeled vehicles are allowed in the bus lanes even though some roads have parallel bike lanes.

Human Transit has pictures and more.

As a comparison, some Singaporean drivers seem to think that 1) cyclists shouldn’t be in bus lanes, and 2) if a cyclist is in a bus lane during the bus lane hours, it’s OK for cars to violate traffic law, cut into the bus lane and pass the cyclist at a dangerous distance.

A good sign?

There have been calls for Singapore to turn the current KTM railway into a kind of bikeway/nature corridor. Perhaps tellingly, buried in this New York Times article on NYC’s High Line is this:

Recently a team from Singapore (Is there really anything old and rusty in Singapore?) spent time on the landscaped walkways that stretch from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street.

It just so happens that we do have something old and rusty that will not be used anymore in about a year’s time! It’s heartening that Singapore sent a team to NYC to study the high line — brings some hope that the nature corridor proposal might actually come through.