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Bicycle and Buses: PRESTO factsheet Infrastructure

PRESTO
2010

Many starter cycling cities have to deal with narrow streets and dense bus networks, especially in their central city areas. They increasingly use bus/bike lanes as a compromise solution, allowing cyclists to ride on bus lanes.

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Mixing bicycles and buses is a safety issue. Ideally, cycle routes should be created away from bus routes, but this is not always possible in dense urban areas. On 30 km/h roads bicycles and buses can safely mix, at higher speeds they should be separated. Bus/bike lanes can strengthen the network with additional shortcuts, but only at low speeds, on short stretches and with careful design to ensure safety. They should not be used as a way to avoid tough choices.

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