I had to review a road safety audit this week for a one-way central city shared space in NZ, and it called into question whether bikes should be allowed to ride contra-flow along this street. It reminded me of some interesting examples I saw over in Adelaide (when I was there for Velo-City 2014) of similar treatments for quiet central city lanes. This blogpost (originally from June 2014) shows you how they worked – should we have more of them here?
One really interesting feature of my recent visit to Adelaide was the urban laneways; they are a great example of how providing better for cycling doesn’t always mean building some cycleways.
Rather like Christchurch, Adelaide has many small narrow streets interconnecting the larger grid network of major streets in the CBD. They’re not very wide (or have been made narrower by on-street cafe seating), so typically they are only one-way for motorists. However, generally they have been set up to allow for cycling in the opposite direction.
Some of these streets have a line marked to denote space for “contra-flow” cycling. However, rather like parts of the Frome St Bikeway we saw last week, some streets don’t even have that:
The only hint to this state of affairs might be some signage at the start of the street:
While this approach might seem a little bit hazardous, the key to its success is probably the low speed environments involved (and generally low traffic volumes too). If we consider some of the reconstructed laneways in the Christchurch rebuild, I could envisage this working equally well there.
What do you think of Adelaide’s laneway treatments?