From Hong Kong to Cape Town, Seoul to Selly Oak, here are some of the standout examples
Thu 27 Jun 2019
Bike lanes blocked by bollards, potholes, contradictory signs and “the world’s shortest bike lane”: when we asked for examples of the best and worst cycle infrastructure in cities the submissions came in thick and fast.
Readers around the world shared photos of bikes lanes that were impossibly narrow, that led nowhere or were blocked by parked cars, even police cars. On the upside there were also cycle networks and paths that were a joy for people on bikes. Here are some of the best (and worst).
Cambridge: signed pothole
This photo of a bike sign, and an arrow pointing at a pothole, was sent in by Brian Hart. “Taken in Thoday Street Cambridge, part of the new Cambridge infrastructure.”
Cape Town: ‘Even the police park on the bike lane’
Jared took this picture in the city centre in Cape Town: “This green lane is one of the only bike lanes in Cape Town. It’s a glorified parking and taxi overtaking lane. And even the police park on it.”
Berlin: ‘More of this please’
This photo of a new bike lane at Hasenheide, in Neukölln, Berlin, was sent in by a reader who said: “Beautiful safe bike lane. More of that, please. Dankeschön.”
Hong Kong: ‘Contradictory signs’
Is cycling allowed? This photo was sent in by James Tagg, who said: “Contradictory cycle path signs abound in Hong Kong …”
Bucharest: A tree blocks a bike path
A reader let us know about this bicycle lane in Bucharest where a huge tree blocks the entire path.
Seoul: ‘One of the finest networks of long distance cycling routes’
Brian Grover said: “This picture shows a repurposed highway bridge and a purpose-built bypass along a steeper section of the Nakdong River. It was taken on the Seoul to Busan mainline of the 4 Rivers Cycling network in South Korea. South Korea may have one of the finest networks of long distance cycling routes in the world.”
Bristol: ‘It’s incredibly dangerous’
A reader sent in this photo of Jacob’s Wells Road roundabout in Bristol, and said: “This short cycle lane goes nowhere! It sits between two lanes – look at the lines separating the lanes either side of it. Incredibly dangerous.”
Cycle lane on Parkway, London. Photograph: Michael/Guardian Community Michael, from London, said: “This is the shameful cycle lane on Parkway going into the Regent’s Park at Gloucester Gate. My daughter, in the picture, is on her school journey.”
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From Hong Kong to Cape Town, Seoul to Selly Oak, here are some of the standout examples Thu 27 Jun 2019 Bike lanes blocked by bollards, potholes, contradictory signs and “the world’s shortest bike lane”: when we asked for examples of the best and worst cycle infrastructure in cities the submissions came in thick and… [Read More]