Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I'm not sure how it can work in practise, unless it's in an environment that's conducive either for technology or enforcement.
But one easy way to approach this is to have alternating one ways.
In a nutshell, let's suppose it is a North-South street. There would be bike and bus lanes in both directions, and for other vehicles, the driving lane(s) and parking lanes would be northbound for 5-6 blocks, then southbound for 5-6 blocks. That way, the only motor vehicles that would use the street would be those who have some business to do there. The trick is often used in Montréal to keep people on arterial streets.
Now nothing is perfect, and there are still a few problems with the concept:
1. Traffic needs some place to go, so if technical or legal measures prevent them from using street A, they will use street B instead. Great if street B is truly an arterial, but often, calming measures are applied on streets with more affluent homes so traffic is diverted to less affluent streets, streets with apartment blocks, etc.
2. Unless there is real bus traffic, these "bike streets" end up having tricky intersections.