Dutch-Style Bike Infrastructure Is Awesome
San Francisco is halfway to completing its bike plan goals, which includes 14 miles of new bike lanes, additional bike racks and improved bike infrastructure. But while the new lanes are a great start, some of our Reset correspondents have been wondering why more of the lanes are not “buffered” from traffic. The recent injury of a city planner cycling in a Market Street bike lane only highlights concerns about just how safe some of the city’s new bike paths are.
While taking a look at this issue, we stumbled on this awesome video showing how the Dutch have taken bike infrastructure and safety to the next level.
Watch the video of how Dutch bike infrastructure works below:
The Dutch bike infrastructure uses creative design to help make biking safer.
Dutch bicyclists are on a physically separated section of the road that has distinct intersections and traffic signals just for bikes. These intersections also have separate traffic light signals just for bicycle crossing.
Good bicycle infrastructure reduces conflicts between bicyclists and cars. It also reduces accidents and deaths of bicyclists by making it far more difficult for cars or bicyclists to make dangerous mistakes.
According to the Dutch Bureau of Statistics, last year there were 4 cyclists killed while making turns – that figure is for the whole country. So Dutch-style infrastructure isn’t just awesome – it’s safe.
For a city as advanced and innovative as San Francisco, shouldn’t our bike infrastructure be as creative and innovative as San Franciscans themselves?