World's Shortest Bike Lane

The city council of Cardiff, Wales, has installed what is possibly the shortest bicycle lane in the world:

Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes.

"Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

The bureaucrats, of course, have a perfectly logical reason:

A Cardiff Council spokesman said the lane is intended to "highlight the interface between the eastbound carriageway and the beginning of a new contraflow facility".

He said it would help cyclists cross the busy city centre and give them somewhere safe to stop before turning.

He said: "The purpose of the new facility is to enable cyclists to ride safely and legally in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic.

"The marking helps to highlight the point at which cyclists can turn left off the carriageway to join the contraflow facility."

Link (photo: Wales News)

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Yes, we've got them in Vancouver, BC too -- bike boxes. We use them to get to the front of the queue for intersections. Cars have to stop behind the bike box, and bikers pile into th ebike box, and the bikes all go first. Lots fo the intersections even have a bike specific signal.
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It's actually not a bike lane. It's a bike box. Portland has some and Washington, D.C. is installing one too. They aren't yet included in the official Federal Highway Manual for Uniform Control Devices, but several locations are trying them out to see if they are helpful for cyclists when making turns at intersections.
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