Comment 116437

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted February 06, 2016 at 19:02:18 in reply to Comment 116391

If you're driving, you WILL seem to notice that Cannon "seems" to be barely used by bikes.

But if you did streetside video surveys like I did (10 minute videos at Cannon+Wentworth), I'm able to count bikes that actually fully justify the road-surface allotment. Cannon is a 4 lane road with 1 cycle track. But if you count both directions, Cannon and Wilson, combined, is at 6 to 8 lanes of 2-way traffic depending on section and time of day. Being generious, that means 1 in 6 vehicles can be a bike on the cycle track.

During the summer there were times where bikes exceeded a 1:3 ratio of bikes:cars.

If you're driving along Cannon in a 3-minute sprint, you will often miss a lot of the bikes, and count only two or three. But if you do a 10 minute streetside video at Cannon+Wentworth, you'd count way more, typically 50 bikes or more.

And, of course there were many moments that there were surges of cars (e.g. 10 cars) followed by a 30-60 second carless moment because of the red lights. So as a driver, you are driving in a platoon, but the gaps between the platoons is many, many times bigger than the platoon you're driving in. This gives the false impression there's only 1 bike in 100 vehicles, when the reality during the summer has been consistently between 1-in-3 through 1-in-10, justifying the 1-lane-out-of-7 (Cannon+Wilson) road surface allotment for bikes:cars (in both directions).

TLDR: Cannon lanes have been a success based on road-surface versus vehicle-count allotment analysis (at least during summertime)

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-02-06 19:02:35

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