Bike lanes in urban centers can bring several advantages to the community. Many towns are searching for ways to reduce traffic while also improving the environment, and many are turning to bicycles. However, the development of e-bikes and shared bicycles is generating its own set of problems.
Cyclists seldom have a defined area when it comes to city cycling, and they regularly hop from sidewalk to road to be safe. Because bikes do not follow any common standard, this may create more dangerous situations that result in injuries and fatalities for pedestrians and automobiles users.
Dedicated bike lanes give a solution that not only ensures the safety of cyclists but also standardizes certain city cyclists' behaviors. This eliminates the need for drivers and pedestrians to predict how bikes would navigate the road or sidewalk.
Bike lanes offer several advantages:
Optimized Traffic Flow
Bike lanes help to improve traffic flow because they provide cyclists with a space on the road. Cyclists in cities no longer have to dodge automobiles or pedestrians, and they may ride at a steady pace. This enhances traffic flow because everyone knows where they are supposed to belong.
Improved Cyclists Safety
According to research published in the Journal of Urban, Planning, and Transportation Research, cyclists prefer separated bike lanes, with 74% of active cyclists and 77% of non-active cyclists considering "continuous bike lanes/trails" as the most essential feature when deciding to cycle. The study also demonstrates the importance of these lanes' comfort and security. Feeling unsafe in traffic is a significant disincentive to cycling, and cyclists utilizing separate bike lanes felt 2.62 times safer than those sharing the road with automobiles.
Pathways become safer for pedestrians and those with disabilities if bicycles have a dedicated area for cycling across the city. Police can then order cyclists to utilize bike lanes instead of sidewalks.
Bike lanes help to keep cyclists safer. While some bike lanes are only delineated with a painted line, some areas are including actual barriers - like flexible bollards - between bike lanes, sidewalks, and the road keeping cyclists more protected from traffic.
Many people who would cycle if they believed it was a safe alternative will feel more secure with the inclusion of bike lanes. Not only does riding reduce fuel consumption, but it also provides commuters with the added advantage of exercise. A 3km bike ride, for example, may burn around 100 calories, and this form of cycling can lower the risk of diabetes, depression, dementia, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
Every person who feels comfortable enough to choose cycling over driving contributes to lower air pollution and traffic congestion. Transportation accounts for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Simply opting to ride for short journeys can help reduce carbon emissions by 2,000 tons per year.
Bike lanes promise a variety of benefits to people in the cities and commuters, positioning the lanes as critical to establishing safer roads and pathways. SERNIS believes in building a safe and accessible world, which is why we produce products that can be utilized on bike lanes.
How SERNIS Products Can Help Make Bike Lanes Safer for Cyclists
Solar road studs make bike lanes safer
Solar road studs are embedded in the bike path surface, providing cyclists (and vehicles) with a larger response window at night.
Since they have a lower rise from the road surface and a smaller diameter than hardwired road studs, embedded solar road studs are safer for cyclists because they reduce the likelihood that they would slip.
SERNIS solar road studs are constructed of an LED light source with active lighting and can function on their own for a long time. Due to their high degree of durability, there is no need for pricey cabling installation.
The visibility range of an LED is up to 7 times greater than a typical set of reflective road studs. The road studs' automated nighttime lighting is powered by solar energy. In the daytime, the solar cells recharge the batteries or capacitors while the LEDs are turned off.
As the name suggests, solar energy sources use sunshine to produce energy that is environmentally friendly.
We began by creating a 360.º lighting road stud specifically made for bike lanes some years ago - SR-i35. We now have a selection of solar road studs (which we highlight for their innovation and suitability for bike lanes SR-i19 and SR-i25) that are great for the environment and have been used all over the world to make bike lines safer at night.
Flexible Bollards are excellent physical bike lane delineators
Flexible bollards have elevated to "must-have" status on bike lanes over the past years. Flexible Bollards serve as physical barriers that safeguard the area of cyclists. Flexible bollards prevent the vehicle's intrusion into the bike line while cyclists are in it.
Flexible bollards are hard to ignore, especially in low lighting or severe weather, unlike paint on the ground. Since drivers interpret the flexible bollards as instructions to not pass, they frequently inhibit parking, driving, or dropping off within a bike lane.
SR-CITY-BALI are durable and affordable traffic management tools for both vehicles and cyclists. They give clear visual guidance with their sharp profile, which causes drivers to avoid them out of instinct. They bend out of the way for emergency vehicles. SR-CITY-BALI are built of sturdy, long-lasting material that resists tearing or readily flattening, reducing the need for replacement and its associated costs.
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