Cycling in Sydney Australia
In Heidelberg DE at least that issue is solved. Alighting pax have a refuge and wait to cross the road (including cyclists) for a safe gap or a green lantern.
The Melbourne system/design is bodgy in this respect, although props to Melbourne for having trams!
It seems to me that if this gets done we'll just mix it, riding where we need to. Cycle lanes wouldn't fit and if squeezed in would be bunged up anyway.
That in turn means being sure to take tracks at a fat angle, or jump them, or select tyres fat enough to avoid dropping into the tracks.
I noticed in the city this week around half the people crossing green bike lanes did not look.
Yes, I read some worrying Edinburgher stuff too.
In Germany I didn't ride where the trams are very much. It was either cars and bikes sharing a lane next to the trams, or bikes & cars on separated lanes, or off-road cycleways.
The worst of it was car drivers getting impatient stuck behind me and squeezing by. Lane taking was required there too, and then they generally behaved. Concrete kept cars off the tram's spaces
My guess is George Street would be alright if it's car free, bikes would just mix it throughout. If cars were allowed through then if space is to be shared with bicycles it has to be narrow enough to render overtaking impossible. The wider streets could have separated facilities.
Regardless of all this, I can't see Sydney CBD working unless most motor traffic is ringed out during the day and evenings. By 2030 it'll have to be low speeds, low emissions and heavily restricted motoring I'm sure. Which is why we'll need the trams.
I'm not convinced on the trams on George St thing.
This is a route already serviced by the city circle line, a service offering enormous capacity that is woefully underutilised during the day (ie: between the AM and PM peaks)
The reason it's not being used is because it costs $3 or so to travel one stop, and you have to line up at a complicated ticketing machine often for several minutes.
All that needs to be done is make travel within the city circle free, or a minimal cost with a simplified ticket (eg: $1, one button machine)
The big advantage of the train line is that it's underground, and doesn't contrubute to surface clutter and congestion as would a tram. This leaves the surface free for people and bikes.
The other big advantage is that it's already built and paid for. It just needs to be made easier to use.