Starting blocks for cyclists

  • Soort:Nieuws Fietsberaad
  • Datum:08-03-2011

The starting block is a mounting device for cyclists, making waiting at a traffic light more comfortable. You can remain seated on your bicycle while waiting for the light to turn green.

The idea comes from a Dutch consulting agency and is one of the entries for a competition by the concrete industry. The starting block is made of concrete and located to the right of a bike path, by the side of the bollard with the detector button at a traffic light. The starting block is 30 cm high, the height of the average pedal shaft of a bicycle. One foot is placed on the starting block, the other on the pedal. The starting block causes the leg to be slightly bent, allowing a force to be generated. In this design the first two cyclists in a row are able to use the starting block. If desired this can easily be expanded by using a larger mould in the production of the block. The starting block is a simple solution taking up little space, but providing a major contribution to cycling comfort and speed on bicycle infrastructure, according to the agency. The block can easily be positioned, even in existing situations. Thanks to its size and uniform shape implementation costs are low. It is as yet unknown whether the starting block will actually be realised.

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