Preferred bike routeNo, you don’t have to drive on the green stripe
The green stripes on the preferred cycling routes cause confusion for cyclists. Nadja Häberli from the traffic department of the city of Zurich explains how to behave.
That’s what it’s about
The preferential cycle route causes confusion for cyclists and motorists.
Nadja Häberli from the traffic department of the canton of Zurich explains how road users have to behave.
The green stripe on the preferred cycle route causes confusion among cyclists. What does this mean exactly?
Nadja Haberli: The city of Zurich has opted for the 40 centimeter wide green band so that the preferred cycling routes stand out from the rest of the cycling network. The green ribbon is intended to signal to cyclists that they are on a preferred cycling route.
Many cyclists ride on the green strip. Is that correct?
No. The color band serves as a guide for cyclists. It’s not actually a bike lane. Accordingly, cyclists do not have to ride on them or keep a minimum distance. The strip should also help to be able to ride a bike with foresight.
Who has priority on the preferred cycling routes?
Wherever possible, cyclists have priority on routes marked with a green stripe. On the preferred cycle route from Altstetten to District 4, cyclists continue to benefit from wide cycle lanes, clear markings and a speed limit of 30. Car traffic is being greatly reduced with various measures. One-way lanes and eliminated turning options reduce traffic congestion.
So cyclists can ride in the middle of the road as soon as the green stripe is visible?
No, that’s not the idea. If there is a bicycle lane next to the green ribbon, cyclists must use it. If only the green band is marked, cyclists should ride on the right rather than in the middle, out of consideration for other road users.
Both cyclists and motorists have complained about the signalling. Are there plans for better signage in the future?
The preferred cycling route is not quite finished yet: The adjustments at the intersection of Baslerstrasse and Luggwegstrasse and the newly marked parking spaces on Stauffacherstrasse will take place as soon as the weather permits. The one-way streets are correctly and standardly signalled. We will continue to monitor the situation on the preferred bike route. Minor adjustments and fine adjustments are made on an ongoing basis if necessary. In addition, in the initial phase of the preferred cycling route, everyone needs to be considerate until everything has settled down.
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