What’s this cycle track business?

One Way to Build Cycle Tracks in a Business District

In the City of Delft, Krakeelpolderweg is a local street that goes through a small business district in a residential neighborhood. It features one-way cycle tracks, bus stops, and local shops and restaurants.

There are several features about this street segment that make it a notable example for how to integrate cycle tracks into a business district.

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Controlling Speed

  • Neckdowns on the approaches narrow the travel lanes
  • Thin cobblestone medians on the approaches keep motor vehicles in their respective lanes
  • 30 km/h speed limit sign at the gateways of the district
  • No centerline
  • A brick border on outside of the travel lanes and next to the curb works to visually narrow the road
  • Change in pavement color to red indicates to drivers that they should be alert. It also signals that they have entered a zone where they are a visitor and do not have priority

Safe Crossings

  • A median refuge for pedestrians at an unsignalized crossing makes it is easier and safer to cross one lane at a time. This eliminates the “double threat” for pedestrians
  • Bike crossing at the mid-point of the street allows for bikes to easily reach the shops and restaurants
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Bike crossing at the mid-point of the business district allows bikes to easily cross

Parking Galore

  • Ample on-street parking. As a trade-off, the sidewalk on canal side of the street was replaced by car parking. This is not a big deal because pedestrians would be more likely to want to walk on the side with the businesses anyway
  • Loading zone provided mid-block for deliveries to the businesses
  • Generous bike parking located between the cycle track next to the businesses and the travel lanes

Easy, Comfortable Transit Access

  • One bus shelter and stop is positioned so that the cycle track runs behind it, which avoids conflicts between bus riders waiting to load
  • A raised bus curb makes the stop more accessible, especially for people in wheelchairs, other mobility devices, and those traveling with strollers. It does not require the bus to “kneel” or lower the bus to allow the door to be at flush with the curb. Kneeling can increase travel times for buses

 

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