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View Poll Results: Which looks best?
short strips 13 44.83%
mid-long strips 11 37.93%
long strips 5 17.24%
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Old May 28th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Most aesthetical road marking on motorways

When looking at motorways, I've noticed different ratios of lane markings to the space inbetween. Which ratio of strip to space between the strips do you think looks the best?

Short strips (Used in USA, UK, France, Netherlands, India, Hong Kong, Australia...)




Mid-long strips (Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria...)




Long strips (Japan, Korea, China, Germany before 1980)

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Old May 28th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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I like em longer form above. But I don't know from on street level when driving.

Our stripes here in Belgium are even shorter than the shortest shown here.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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I'm sure there are forum members who know the exact distances.

In the Netherlands it's a 9-3 marking (9 meters between a 3 meter marking) on the motorways.

What I absolutely like from an aesthetic point of view is when all markings are aligned properly. It gives the motorway a much tidier view.

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Old May 28th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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In Germany it's 6-12 markings. Prior to 1980 they used the (in my opinion more aesthetically) 9-9 marking. There are still some 9-9 markings left in Germany, although they become fewer and fewer. In Google Earth you can still see some 9-9 markings, e.g. the A5 west of Frankfurt.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:08 PM   #5
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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:19 PM   #6
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I think that in the US, ten foot stripes with twenty foot gaps are the standard (that's 3.05/6.1 m). When I drove in Canada a couple of years ago, I noticed that BC and Alberta use stripes and gaps of equal length, which, IMO, looks stupid and wastes paint.

It occurs to me that it might be a good idea to vary the stripe length according to the speed limit-- higher limit, longer stripe. Doing this might create the impression among motorists who drive too fast on lesser roads that they're going faster than they actually are.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #7
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Estonia also uses short strips i.e 3-9 which I like the most.

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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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what does Italy use? it is something like 3-6. in the tunnels it is even shorter, 2 or even 1,5-4 or something like this.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #9
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In Norway they are three meters long with nine meters space in between them on +90 km/h roads. They appear quite short.

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I Think we also use 3-9.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 05:07 PM   #11
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In Poland I believe it's 4-8 meters.



The most important is ratio of strips and space between them. I don't like them equal as in Italy or some Asian countries (or at least the look like equal). That kind of marking usually denote exit lanes in most european countries.



Thickness of stripes has also influence on general reception of markings. Here I prefer thick to thin.

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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #12
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what does Italy use? it is something like 3-6. in the tunnels it is even shorter, 2 or even 1,5-4 or something like this.
4.5/7 as I could measure, in tunnels 3/3

In ex-Yugoslav countries 6/12 is used. I rather prefer short strips because it gives sense of more speed.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #13
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The American standard goes something like this:
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Standard:
The widths and patterns of longitudinal lines shall be as follows:

A. A normal line is 100 to 150 mm (4 to 6 in) wide.
B. A wide line is at least twice the width of a normal line. The width of the line indicates the degree of emphasis.
C. A double line consists of two parallel lines separated by a discernible space.
D. A broken line consists of normal line segments separated by gaps.
E. A dotted line shall consist of noticeably shorter line segments separated by shorter gaps than used for a broken line. The width of a dotted line shall be at least the same as the width of the line it extends.

Guidance:
Broken lines should consist of 3 m (10 ft) line segments and 9 m (30 ft) gaps, or dimensions in a similar ratio of line segments to gaps as appropriate for traffic speeds and need for delineation.

Option:
A dotted line for line extensions may consist of 0.6 m (2 ft) line segments and 0.6 m (2 ft) to 1.8 m (6 ft) gaps. A dotted line for lane drop/add markings may consist of 0.9 m (3 ft) line segments and 2.7 m (9 ft) gaps.
There are some older lines that seem to have a 1:1 length/gap ratio, it seems like at longer distances they just blur into a single solid line until you get closer. The 3:1 ratio is best because it makes the dashed lines unmistakable at any distance or angle.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #14
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What I find very strange is the markings on French Autoroutes that divide the first lane from the energency lane (hard shoulder). In all the countries I've been these are continous lines, but in France are weird:



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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #16
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Denmark has 5:10 on motorways
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #17
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I'm starting to see a lot more of these lag contrast markings in the US: white stripes followed by black stripes to enhance visibility.



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I'm starting to see a lot more of these lag contrast markings in the US: white stripes followed by black stripes to enhance visibility.

I've noticed them in Florida. They are ok after you get used to them...
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Where I live (BC, Canada), it's usually 2:3 (best guess), though in Kamloops it depends on who was driving the paint truck. Then it varies between 3:3 to 1.5:1
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What I find very strange is the markings on French Autoroutes that divide the first lane from the energency lane (hard shoulder). In all the countries I've been these are continous lines, but in France are weird:

Any reason for this?
Spain has some like that as well... idk.
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I've noticed them in Florida. They are ok after you get used to them...
There's one concrete highway in Virginia (US Rt. 29 north of Lynchburg) with lines like that. Looks decent IMO, but the light-colored pavement can start to hurt your eyes in bright sun.
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