Bicycle Facilities, Cycle Tracks, etc.
In City Planner-speak, bicycle "facilities" are things like
bike lanes, bike paths, and the like. Here are some examples.
- Bike Lanes. See our separate page on pros & cons of bike lanes.
- Bicycle Boulevards. These are streets that can
be used as through-streets by bikes but not cars. (There are
obstructions in the middle that block cars but allow passage by
bikes.) This reduces car traffic on the street and makes it safer
to bike on. See Wikipedia's
article on the subject.
- Parking (bike racks). The easy availability of
bike parking makes it twice as likely that people will bike to work.
- Showers. The availability of showers at work
makes it five times as likely that people will bike to work.
- Escalators on steep hills. Here's a video of a
bike escalator in Norway. Without
dismounting, you put your foot down on it and it pulls you and your
bike up the hill. But it goes only 3-4mph, which is walking
speed. At that rate I feel I might as well walk.
These facilities have never actually been built
- Sky Cycleways. This is an elevated
bike highway. Think of it as a long bridge/tube
combination. None has been built yet. Supporters tried to get one built in London in 2012, but
ultimately weren't successful.
- Wind Tunnel. The Transglide system
is an elevated cycleway with powerful fans that help push cyclists
along, letting them easily cruise up to 25mph. It's an
interesting idea. Will it work?
Laste update: January 2013.