Now that is truly 'green'. Really, these type of markings have been around in Europe for years and I think they work better than white. Besides, white is getting kinda dull these days, don't you think? Thank you to StreetFilms in NYC for this short video. Judging from the response by drivers, the message is getting through.
I believe, these could work for Toronto. I am jealous and so are others even the fine biking folks in Portland.
Of course I'm jealous!Mon, 07/16/2007 - 13:59
Why shouldn't I be jealous. According to reports so far, the painted lane works better than a stripe at keeping those pesky motorists out of the lane and provides a bigger disincentive to parking in the lane as well. I'd love to see something like that here, even on a trial basis.
Richmond Hill: Spadina Rd 16th to Major MackenzieMon, 07/16/2007 - 14:24
There is a lane similar to the one in the video, but in Richmond Hill on Spadina Rd. between 16th Ave. and Major Mackenzie. It is not painted in a green colour, but rather a terra cotta. It can be a little more slick when it rains than normal pavement.
The lane isn't a bona fide bike lane as far as I can tell as It isn’t' signed as such. There are signs that say "traffic calmed neighbourhood" so I guess it is just to get cars to go slower by narrowing the lane. Nevertheless, I ride in it just about daily. I'll snap a photo one of these days.
Cars still park in it occasionaly (particularly trucks with their trailers hauling grass-cutting gear), but I have yet to see someone driving in it.
Steve (not verified)
Are they air-conditioned?Tue, 07/17/2007 - 11:43
Seriously, that is very cool. Hopefully it will spark a trend.
Katrina (not verified)
And I was just about toWed, 07/18/2007 - 10:33
And I was just about to share a suggestion from some visiting Amsterdam friends to paint our lanes a different colour....
Aidan (not verified)
Almost as good as a curbThu, 07/19/2007 - 02:17
I'd like a curb better: physically stops cars from entering. However, the paint is more arresting than the line we get here. It might work. I'd want to know that the paint is not more slippery wet or dry than the pavement underneath. Don't expect the city to do that thinking for us.
painted in Richmond HillThu, 07/19/2007 - 09:28
Here is what the painted stuff looks like in my neck of the woods. I don't notice anything different in terms of grip even in wet, but the tires make a different sound versus the unpainted road.