Bicycle lanes can appear in Panevėžys where bicycles and cars can travel at speeds of up to 30 km / h without overtaking.
Such initiatives, which are spreading rapidly in the West, are also coming to Lithuania. From June 1, you may be used to different driving on some roads.
Panevėžys City Hall is considering which route to give to cyclists.
The cyclists themselves ask to give them the Nevėžio and part of the Staniūnai road.
Bike lanes across Lithuania are constantly being expanded and updated, but since the beginning of this summer, a new way of organizing traffic has emerged – bike lanes.
Such roads will be marked with special traffic signs.
It can be installed on roads with slow and quiet traffic where you use all roads, cars, motorcycles, bikes, scooters. Pedestrians will have to stop.
Those roads that do not have access to separate bike lanes or bike lanes will be able to do so. The speed on the bike path can not exceed 30 km per hour.
“For many Lithuanians, a car is not a means of transportation, but a way of showing: if you have a BMW, then you are cool.”
In addition, it will not be able to overtake the vehicle when entering the next lane. On roads like this, cyclists will no longer have to ride one lane and as close as possible to the right edge.
The Ministry of Transport hopes the innovation will encourage more people to switch to green vehicles.
Such roads already exist in the cities of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, as well as in neighboring Latvia.
It will make the journey easier
Stanislovas Grubliauskas, a member of the Panevėžys “Dviračiai” club and a member of the Panevėžys “Dviračiai” club, who traveled around Europe by bicycle, is convinced that such an innovation would further encourage Panevėžys to switch from a car to a Wheels. At least in the summer.
He himself asked City Hall to turn Staniūnai Road from Christ the King Cathedral to Beržų Road into such a bicycle lane.
According to cycling enthusiasts, this is not a busy road and there is no bike path nearby.
“There are no bicycles, the sidewalks are in a state of disrepair, full of shields, you have to turn and turn, so at least when driving on the road, when the driver should slow down, the cyclist will feel safe. Than. “The reason S. Grubliauskas.
Other cycling enthusiasts propose to declare Nevėžios a bike path.
According to S. Grubliauskas, there could be up to four such lanes where cyclists will be given priority in the capital, Aukštaitija.
It is important to choose those places where the change will not interfere with the traffic of other road users, but will facilitate the travel of cyclists.
“It needs to be understood that it is not possible to repair all the roads and rehabilitate all the roads in a few years. One solution could be an adjoining bike path with no bike lanes. On such roads, all road users will not be able to drive faster than 30 kilometers per hour, it will ensure the safety of all road users, “S. Grubliauskas believes.
Another question is whether the people of Panevėžys are ready for such a change when both cyclists and motorcyclists and car riders can ride on the same road.
According to S. Grubliauskas, some motorists pass by cyclists in a friendly manner, but others ignore them maliciously.
According to him, Lithuania is far from the level of Western countries.
“Most cycling rules apply in Hungary or Slovakia. There is an extensive bicycle network. If locals see riders on the road, they will definitely show the way for cyclists.” S. Grubliauskas Share his impressions after cycling around Europe.
In Albania, luxury car drivers do not hesitate to park their “carriage” on the bike path.
But in the big cities of the Netherlands, Belgium or Sweden, there are more cyclists than cars.
“People there already understand that it is not only cheaper to get to your destination by bike, but also simpler.” Here the locals do not pursue prestige, as we may sometimes feel in Lithuania. For many Lithuanians, a car is not a means of transportation, but a way of showing: if you own a BMW, you are cool. But with small steps, I believe we will change this attitude in Lithuania as well. No one appears during the day. S. Grubliauskas believed.
We will review the offer
According to Tomas Jukna, Panevėžys’s director of administration and chairman of the city’s traffic safety commission, it has not yet been determined which lane will be handed over to cyclists.
New ideas do not have time to think clearly yet.
Panevėžys’s sustainable mobile plan imagines only the car-free lanes that will provide pedestrians.
“We have improved the idea that some city streets will be given to pedestrians only on weekends. We will consider going back to this issue when we finish. Repair in the city center.
The idea of turning some roads into bicycle lanes is also good, according to the head of administration.
However, according to him, it also raises many questions: Can children ride bicycles on such roads, are there any difficulties for public transport, are pedestrians safe?
“Cyclists in Panevėžys are very active. We have already received the offer. We will check each other considering the specific situation,” said T. Jukna.
Resistant to change
According to the administrative director, every year in Panevėžys many bike lanes are repaired, but there are places where they are not yet ready or technically unable to install them.
“The same goes for land that is recognized as a residential area,” he said. When walkways cannot be installed, one option may be to post such an area. If the flow of cyclists is large and it will not be possible to continue or install bike lanes, the solution may be to install bike lanes. “But if that road is a main road with a lot of traffic, it will not be able to become a bicycle road.”
According to him, at least the declaration of residential areas worked – not only the street Elektra, but also the block of private houses in Rožyno, Stetiškių and other small areas.
“Pedestrian traffic is heavy on Elektra Road. Now pedestrians no longer need to find a crossing and they can cross the road anywhere. Of course, motorists may not be satisfied because the speed cannot exceed 20 km. In an hour, but the road is not long, you can certainly get through it, even at that speed, “T. Jukna believes.