Tallinn plans cycle paths that avoid public transport routes | New
Tallinn intends to build cycle routes that do not intersect with public transport routes.
The city has built new two-way bike lanes along Toompuiestee, wider than before and separated by bollards. According to Tallinn Deputy Mayor Madle Lippus (SDE), the city’s planning officer, this is a crucial security measure.
“[This provides] cognitive safety and knowing that drivers will also notice these bollards, and that also produces a different awareness of street space for drivers,” Lippus explained.
Bus stops located along bicycle lanes nevertheless create dangerous conditions, as cyclists are forced to use vehicle traffic lanes.
According to Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet (Center), the cycle paths on Toompuiestee, Narva maantee and in Hobujaama in the city center are nevertheless temporary solutions.
“The cycle paths on Toompuiestee are a quick and quite cheap solution,” Svet said. “In order to build proper bike lanes on a street somewhere, the street has to be rebuilt, which is expensive and time-consuming.”
This fall, the Estonian capital intends to start building dedicated cycle paths along Kaarli puiestee and Mere puiestee that will not cross public transport lanes.
“What usually makes sense is that the cycle path goes behind the bus stop, which means someone is waiting for the bus and boards the bus,” Lippus explained, adding that markings Clear lights are needed to ensure everyone understands where the bike lane is. pass and where the footpath is.
Cyclists themselves, however, find that the capital has a very long way to go when it comes to cycle paths. A Tallinn resident who had cycled all his life now prefers to walk everywhere.
“It’s just a poorly designed system,” Signe said. “If you go to other countries, you can actually see how well it works, how many people are cycling, because the [bike lanes] are very safe and have been well thought out – you can easily get from point A to point B. But Tallinn still has a lot to do.”
“Sometimes drivers don’t even notice that the bike lane is painted red here, and they drive their own way and still ignore cyclists,” Jelena said.
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