Accommodating cyclists signalised intersections

Bicycles, just like any other vehicle, need space and time at signalised intersections but are often squeezed out.

Space for bikes should be provided at all six stages of an intersection - midblock; approach; transition; storage; through; and departure.

There are six different sections to be considered when designing for cycling.

These are: Five of these six elements (numbers 2 to 6) relate to intersections, highlighting the importance of intersections (as opposed to midblock locations) in good facility design.

Bike lanes often stop short of intersections leaving riders with no dedicated space just as things get tough.

The likelihood of more lateral or turning movements on approach to the intersection by vehicles equates to higher likelihood of conflict.

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The courses cover intersection design, planning and design for cycling and walking, economic assessment, and intersection modelling.If time is not provided for bike riders at signalised intersections such as signal phasing or length of green time, then bike riders may not be able to clear the intersection before cross traffic starts to move and potentially be hit by vehicles from the left or right.More generally, signalised intersections are high stress areas for potential bike riders.Intersections may be signalised to address a road safety, efficiency or operational issue or to improve crossing opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists.Signalised intersections are generally installed at intersections of major roads and, due to the temporal component, usually involve several approach lanes on each leg.

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