What are the facilities for cyclists in the city?

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 What bike to drive around the city? 

Urban bicycles are used, in accordance with the name, primarily to move along paths, streets and alleys – such two-wheelers are to provide both the possibility of efficient and comfortable displacement (eg from home to work), but also to emphasize their individual style. Some bicycle companies place special emphasis on convenience during their design – it is ensured by, among others, appropriately contoured frame, comfortable seat and extended gel saddle. Often together with the bike we get a complete set of accessories fenders, chain guard and spokes (the so-called dress guard), leg, basket or pannier, especially useful when we intend to commute to work or shopping. 

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It’s getting better 

Among the novelties that have appeared in Polish cities, it is worth mentioning in particular infrastructure elements, whose task is to facilitate safe and efficient movement around the city. The most important of them are listed below. 

Bicycle locks – means a marked fragment of the roadway at the entrance of the intersection, occupying its entire width. No cars can enter the lock, stopping in front of the signaling device – it is intended for cyclists, who thanks to it are better visible and can safely start further driving straight ahead (after changing the lights) or change its direction. 

 

Bicycle counterparts – a bike lane, separated on a one-way street in the opposite direction to general traffic. In other words – thanks to the counter-lanes of the streets, which are one-way for cars, cyclists can go in both directions. 

Bicycle roads (colloquially called paths) – a road or a part of it intended for bicycle traffic (usually two-way), marked with appropriate road signs. Importantly, the road for bicycles is separated from other roads or roadways of the same road – constructionally or with the help of road safety devices. This distinguishes it from … 

Bicycle lanes – ie one-way lanes with a width of at least 1.5 m, which are designated as part of the roadway (paths are usually an element or adjacent to sidewalks). 

Poles put on city bikes 

We did not have to wait long for the effects of activities improving bicycle communication in the city – the results published show that in our country the popularity of two-wheelers designed just for driving in the city has recently been growing rapidly. We’re talking about classic city and multi-purpose bikes, trekking bikes. Calculations show that the sale of such bikes in the first quarter of 2012 was over 6% higher than in the same period last year. 

In the last two years, Polish cities have become much more friendly to cyclists – apparently, the administrative authorities responsible for infrastructure have realized the many benefits of cycling fashion. Of course, the situation is still far from ideal – but changes in regulations, the number and length of new bicycle paths and the creation of numerous facilities for cyclists show that things are definitely going in the right direction. 

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

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