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    Pocket Lane Examples

    Right turn pocket lane


    This pocket lane is along Buitenhofdreef, a two lane roadway with one lane of traffic in each direction divided by a large median, and the intersection with Martinus Nijhofflaan.  The bicycle lane is clearly painted red, with a bicycle symbol and arrow indicating the direction of the pocket lane.  The beginning of the pocket lane has dashed white lines on either side which becomes continuous as you approach the intersection, where no cars should cross.  The stop line for bicycles at this intersection is also about 5 meters (16 ft) ahead of the stop line for motorists.  This not only makes bicyclists more visible to cars, but also gives them adequate time to clear the intersection before motorists enter it..  The pocket lane is also after a bend in the roadway, which will help slop motorist traffic prior to crossing into the right turn lane.

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    The photo above shows a pocket lane going west on Martinus Nijhofflaan, a two way roadway with one lane of traffic on either side separated by a large median, at the intersection with Aart Van Der Leeuwlaan.  The bicycle lane is clearly marked with red asphalt, a directional arrow, and white divider lines on either side of the pocket lane.  The right hand turn lane is short, but wide, so that drivers will not accelerating quickly close to cyclists.  The effect of the wide right hand turn lane helps minimize the stress and anxiety of motorists passing bicyclists.Click hereto see in Google maps.

    The right hand pocket lane going southbound on Julianalaan at the intersection with Mijnbouwstraat and Nassaulaan is creates a high feeling of stress and anxiety for passing bicyclists.  The photo shows vehicles with the right hand turn signal green, accelerating past bicyclists on the right.  The long length of the pocket lane allows drivers more room to accelerate and a greater variance in biker and driver speed, reducing comfort for bicyclists.Click hereto see in Google maps.

    The pocket lane shown here is along Buitenhofdreef, a two lane divided roadway with one lane in each direction divided by a large median.  This is bad practice of a pocket lane because the right hand turn lane is over 50 meters long to accommodate traffic for a nearby gas station and the intersection.  The long length of the pocket lane means that cars can go by bicyclists on either side at high speeds, reducing the comfort of cyclists and increasing stress and anxiety.Click here to see in Google maps.

    Left turn pocket lane

    This left turn pocket lane shown here is going north on Stalpaert Van Der Wieleweg and turns left at the intersection with Maria Duystlaan.  The pocket lane is clearly marked with red asphalt, a direction arrow, a bicycle symbol, and solid white lines to warn motorists to not cross into the bicycle lane.  Bicyclists must weave through one lane of traffic to get to the pocket bike lane.  They are given a left turn arrow for motorists and bicyclists, and therefore do not have to worry about oncoming traffic.  In addition, a dashed white line shows bicyclists a path to follow through the intersection during their turn.  Despite all of these measures to make this an effective left turn pocket lane, I observed no bicyclist use it during 15 minutes of observation at around 2:00 pm.  Of the three cyclists that turned left at this intersection, two continued through to a left turn bike box that you can see further up in this photo, and one child used the pedestrian crosswalk.Click here to see in Google maps.

    Left hand pocket lanes, like the one going southbound on Julianalaan at the intersection with Mijnbouwstraat and Nassaulaan create a feeling of discomfort for bicyclists.  The left hand pocket lane for bicycles and left hand turn lane for automobiles do not have a designated turn signal, and must yield to oncoming traffic.  The bicyclists shown here had to come to a complete stop in the center of the intersection, with cars accelerating on her left and right, and automobiles lined up behind her, in order to complete the left hand turn.  Getting to the left hand pocket lane also requires the bicyclist to merge across a lane of automobile traffic from the bicycle lane running along the right hand side of the road.

    Left hand pocket lanes, like the one going southbound on Julianalaan at the intersection with Mijnbouwstraat and Nassaulaan create a feeling of discomfort for bicyclists. The left hand pocket lane for bicycles and left hand turn lane for automobiles do not have a designated turn signal, and must yield to oncoming traffic. The bicyclist shown here had to come to a complete stop in the center of the intersection, with cars accelerating on her left and right, and automobiles lined up behind her, in order to complete the left hand turn. Getting to the left hand pocket lane also requires the bicyclist to merge across a lane of automobile traffic from the bicycle lane running along the right hand side of the road.

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