What could a protected intersection look like in Johannesburg?
In the past few years, we have seen some steady growth in bicycle infrastructure in the city.
Design approaches of bicycle lanes have evolved for the better. Below the earliest bicycle lane design which can easily be scaled over.
The much better curb separated bicycle lane design below.
In Alex, just a stones throw from Sandton, there is even a bicycle specific signal.
However, we are yet to see a fully protected bicycle intersection. Such an intersection would be especially important at the confluence of arterial routes featuring heavy motor traffic flows.
Stellenbosch, with a much lower population than Johannesburg and heavier motor traffic has one.
It follows then that Johannesburg should introduce some for safer cycling. Hiten Bawa of Ludwig Hansen Architects + Urban Designers has designed one for an intersection in Braamfontein. Below is how that intersection currently looks.
An alternative perspective of the same below.
This intersection has a bicycle lane on the left hand side of the road separated from motor traffic by low yellow rumble strips. As you can see in the foreground, some minibus taxis are parked comfortably inside them.
Here is how Hiten would transform that intersection.
..my design does incorporate pedestrian/cyclist priority traffic lights with audible traffic signals to accommodate vision and hearing-impaired people. Audible traffic signals gives vibrations and sounds to indicate safe crossing.
What do you think?