Actually bike lanes in Poland are the worst I know. I never had any dangerous situation on the read shared with cars, but I had already two crashes with cars that forced priority (in both cases police was required) on separeted bike lanes and countless similar sitiuations where I could stop before hitting the car.I like that in Europe and especially I noticed in Poland cyclists have their own lanes separated from traffic. Actually the first time I saw this luxury was in Copenhagen in the 90's. So much better than Canada/US where cyclists have to share the road with cars, quite dangerous especially when there are often parked cars and doors opening on the other side.
I know what you mean - there is seperation in a way that ciclists still have their own paths. But those paths are right next to the road, so that a car can see you. In Poland there can be streets, where pavement is between bikes and cars :nuts:Well Dutch design does not mix cyclist on intersections. 'Dutch design' tries to seperate cyclist and motorist as much as possible. This is achieved in a number of ways, but purposely mixing at intersections only happens in older designs. If you have some time, Here are some rather good blogs and websites on 'Dutch Design.' As far as I gather, the Danes do mix cyclist and motorists at intersections though.
Looking at your film, I think [a large part of] the problem is lack of awareness of the drivers to the cyclists. Part of which is probably due to education, and another part due to exposure. But a major part is also the infrastructure. While [based on the film and pictures in this thread] it does do a good job of seperating cyclists from motorists, most of it seems like just a paintjob on the pavement, which does not take into account the specific need of cyclists. Also, I think it would help to make priorities clearer, by for example painting the cyclepath across the intersection, or even elevating the cyclepath on a speedbump. this is a pretty good blogpost on the driveway incident in your video.
Still good to see so many people cycling (without helmets as well!) Is it just Łódź, or other cities as well?
Well, the above films show that in Lodz there are many people cycling, and there are some nice cycle paths...Why is considered Gdansk as the city with the best bike infrastructure? And how important is bike commuting there?Łódź? I don't know but what makes you think that? I usually hear about Gdańsk being the most cyclist-friendly city in Poland, but I have no statistics to support that.