Cyclists and bus / tram lanes

author: Ruud Ditewig, Movilization The Netherlands

Cyclists and public transport: a good combination

Cyclists and public transport are often a good combination. In many countries the bicycle is an important means of transport to go to a public transport stop or station, especially in the larger urban areas with a dense public transport system. But also for commuter lines in the less dense urban areas. The bicycle enlarges the radius of a public transport system in a costs efficient way.

Problems with sharing the same public space

But bicycles and public transport are not always such a good combination. They have in common that both share the outer right side or left side of the road. And in several countries bus lanes are combined with taxis and bicycles, for instance Great Britain. The difference in mass and speed between busses and cyclists are too big, to create a safe environment. The pictures in this article makes clear what kind of problems the cyclists and the bus drivers experience.

Important part of the bicycle policy

Cities which are developing a bicycle policy as an integrated part of the municipal traffic and transport policy, have in many cases a discussion about cyclists versus cars. But because of the fact that cyclists and public transport often share the outer right side or left side of the road, this deserves also attention. A successful synergy between bicycles and public transport is an essential condition for the integration of the bicycle in the traffic and transport policy.