Well I never knew two way cycle lanes existing in the UK until now. This article on The new Royal College Street cycle tracks describes the route in Camden Town, London and a bit of the history behind it.

Personally I think it is necessary to separate cars and bikes completely as in this example from Barcelona:

Dual cycle lane in Barcelona

I think it is true to say that cyclists don’t like cars in the way and car drivers certainly don’t like cyclist cutting in front of them all the time, so come on councils, the future is dedicated cycle lanes!

Montague folding bike

Montague folding bike

I saw this cool bike on The Gadget Show a couple of years ago and was impressed. It looks and feels like a normal bike but folds down to a compact 35″ x 12″ x 28″. This means you can easily fit it into a car boot or on a train. Although I have a bike rack, I like the idea of this as it is quick and practical and doesn’t compromise on your choice of bike if you like something big with a 700c wheel. They even do mountain bikes.

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How about a heated road that glows in the dark! The Dutch are on the case with special paint which glows at night.

See this BBC news report for more details

As a resident of Leeds I must praise their Leeds Travel Info web page. You get easy access to lots of information.

  • Bus stops, linking to timetable info.
  • Traffic cameras.
  • Road works.
  • Car club rental spaces.
  • Car parks.
  • Motorway warnings.
  • Bus stations.
Interactive map screenshot

Leeds’s interactive map (click to enlarge)

I was wondering one day just how many city Metro systems there are in the world and low and behold, there is a Wiki page. Plenty of these have been built recently, which is encouraging. They really boost a city and encourage growth.

Map showing the world's Metro systems

Metro systems of the world

What is also striking about this list is plenty have been built around 100 years ago so it’s not a new thing. They have helped these cities grow and develop and reach out to neighbouring towns and villages.

Tram in Milan, Italy

Tram systems provide easy access to city centres

On a separate Wiki page is a list of the worlds tram systems. Trams were replaced by buses in lots of cities as they are more flexible, not needing tracks to run on. However, there are plenty still going and being electric are greener than buses, they are an asset to any city. I hope to see more of these throughout the world in the future!

 

Here in Hong Kong, on train platforms, there are markings suggesting to passengers where to stand to aid boarding and alighting. This is productive as passengers board and leave quicker meaning more services can be kept to the timetable.

KCR train platform

Passengers queuing for the KCR train

On the MTR (underground) by the platform doors, indicators show passengers where to enter and exit:

MTR platform markings

Platform markings guiding passengers