Proper traffic management tools, administrative tools and technical knowledge can help local authorities avoid many conflicts between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Aleksander Buczyński, Policy Officer at the European Cyclists’ Federation, illustrates this point with case studies from Luxembourg, Poland, Belgium, France and Hungary.
Traffic management: do you have the necessary signs and signals?
A painted cycle lane or even segregated cycle path on a main road might not always be the best option available, as in some cases parallel local streets offer potential for a higher quality cycle route: more direct, with less traffic lights, less noise and air pollution, but also with less conflicts with pedestrians around public transport stops.
Unfortunately, many countries still do not have legal provisions for allowing contraflow cycling, cycle streets or other cycle-friendly forms of traffic calming. In some, even placing wayfinding elements for cyclists on public roads is illegal!