I’ve just discovered all the public documents on cyclists and traffic on the Stockholm city site. There’s a lot to read! (In Swedish.) I read a very extensive report about the safety for cyclists before and after bikelanes were painted on a street.
The main results were that
[list=1][*]Cyclists feel safer with bikelanes[*]Cyclists are much more sure of where to bike with bikelanes[*]6 out of 10 right-turning cars gave way to cyclists with the bikelanes (4 of 10 without)[*]The distance between the cyclists and the parked cars increased significantly with bikelanes[*]So did the distance between the cyclists and the passing cars[*]Cars moved slower with bikelanes (probably because they lost a lane every here and there)[/list=1]
In addition to the bikelanes, so called bikepockets were painted at every intersection. That means the cars' stopline is moved a few meters back, so the cyclists can bike up to the front just by the traffic ligths, infront of the cars. This measure got positive feedback from all parts.
And now the bad news: So called double-parking, when a car stops outside the already parked cars, increased with 78 percent! Probably because car drivers wouldn't double-park when they knew they would hinder other cars, but thought it was ok to do so in a bikelane (which is very much against the law).
The report's conclusion was that bikelanes are safer, BUT ONLY if the double-parking is put to an end. The double-parking sort of destroys all the benefits of bikelanes.
Well, this was interesting reading for me, since I used to despise bikelanes. But alright then, I should be less selfish and think about the general cyclist. Also, bikelanes is what I hate the least - the bikepaths that go between the parked cars and the pavement are the worst, I would like to read a study about them.