Cycling in Sydney Australia
2. not for me. I dislike disjointed treatments intensely, and IMO a safe rider should be planning an exit 50m from the end of any cycle facility, and most of those will probably be 50m long or less. it is also unsafe to ride within 1m of the kerb in many areas of bridge rd because of the side road, parking and driveway vision issues. Also imo for cycling overall, right turn pockets eliminate more severe accidents than cyclelanes do. If there was to be a cyclelane, it would have to be an overall rethink of space usage so that the climb to glebe pt road can have a cyclelane. Other than that, its not necessary.
3. yeah sure, put them in the middle of lanes though, or at least a door width away from a parked car.
4. it will just make for really sloppy parking. see drummoyne.
6. yes plenty of casuals that do that.
7. I'm not a fan of onroad cyclelanes, and doubly not a fan of cyclelanes between slip and straight lanes. The safest approach for a cyclist is to take the right hand lane if they want to go straight there. It is usually easy to change lanes at or before the previous intersection. I dunno what the realistic approach is to achieving that on untrained cyclists.
8. Not for me personally. Its a narrow lane that is easily claimed, and thus safest of all onroad treatments. Almost all danger that arises in that area occurs due to cyclists trying to left pass stationary traffic (that then sets into motion without the cyclist having control over their lane), in too narrow a lane.
10. paint cycles in middle of the lanes imo. especially alongside the refuge to convince cyclists that they don't have to pull aside there (and lose control of their lane).
Re 5 - I would like to see some way to discourage/prohibit late right>left lane changes at WPR. How about a solid white dividing line between L& R lanes westbound in the 50 metres prior to the intersection? Preferably with a nice loud rumble strip.
Stilling mulling over this, but a few thoughts. The bike lanes "should" be bike lanes, including the motor ones, they'll get more respect that way (less passenger side doorings like the guy in the vid I posted jumping out into them without looking). Since these types of lanes don't exist, I think we should suggest;
a. bus lanes even in places where buses don't go, like parramatta to booth and continue up to cross where buses do go
b. the "old school" bike lane, a solid white line with bike logos, which motor bikes will still use but they'll be more careful and less likely to use them as a speed way as they'll be having second thoughts about legality
In regards to 7. no I'd rather a bike priority box at the front of the left hand lane at the lights, it's what a lot of cyclists do anyways and what I do when cars are clogging up the roads and I won't get through the lights. The light phasing here is agreeable to this as it goes, all red - green left arrow - red left arrow - green with ped green - green left arrow - back to start so cyclist can move up to the priority box on the green arrow and not get caught out.
One thing that hasn't been brought up is heading west at peak hour, from Pyrmont Bridge to the fish markets is clogged due to people being people, right turn late for Anzac Bridge, stopping in intersections ... not sure there is any solution for this but thought I'd bring it up.
ps will get round to uploading the vid soon, the drivers have been good the last few days and have kept to the right on the uphill to glebe point rd so haven't been that normal, or maybe it's my point of view, BUT it's friday and they definitely won't disappoint today