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This Is Not A Cycle Track

Here is a “cycle track” that was just installed in Alameda, along Shoreline Dr:


And here is a cross-section diagram of the “cycle track” (click to enlarge):


Can you spot what’s wrong? The answer, of course, is that there is nothing protecting the cyclists from the cars. A cycle track should have physical separation between car and bike traffic (preferably with a concrete curb). Alameda is only installing paint and stanchions. The other option for protecting cyclists is to put the cycle-track behind parked cars — but that was only been done in a few places during daytime hours. Alameda put most parking on the wrong side of the street.

For comparison, here is how a cycle track is supposed to look:

Amsterdam cycle track

Amsterdam cycle track

Alameda is hardly an isolated case. Here is what they are calling a “cycle track” in Minneapolis:


There is no reason cyclists should have to put up with this substandard infrastructure.

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