Fundamentals The success of any cycling network is dependent on having appropriate intersection and crossing treatments and overall route continuity.
If time is not provided for bike riders at signalised intersections such as signal phasing or length of green time, then bike riders may not be able to clear the intersection before cross traffic starts to move and potentially be hit by vehicles from the left or right.
More generally, signalised intersections are high stress areas for potential bike riders.
Without space and time to get through the intersection itself, bike riders are left to share space with motor vehicles which may increase the risk of crash or conflict.
If bike lanes end before an intersection and no space is provided the major risks are: Any of the above can result in conflict between road users or a serious crash.
Axel shares his expertise through the delivery of professional training courses and University lectures.
The courses cover intersection design, planning and design for cycling and walking, economic assessment, and intersection modelling.
Off-road paths and protected cycleways may be provided as alternatives to traditional on-road cycling facilities, and these paths often have to be incorporated into the functional layouts of signalised intersections.
Signalised intersections can be designed to accommodate a range of target users.
Choosing and designing an appropriate intersection to accommodate people cycling requires careful consideration of a number of factors such as the type of facility between intersectionsand the target users of the facility.
The key planning principles for accommodating cyclists at intersections are outlined in Planning a cycle network or route.
Bike lanes often stop short of intersections leaving riders with no dedicated space just as things get tough.