The Capital’s Colossal Contraflow Cycle Track
[music] Narrator: [0:08] We had a big one way street, four lane, and we wanted to figure out how we could get a bike lane on there, but also allow for two way bike traffic. So one option was just to put a bike lane going in the same direction as traffic, with pain. We thought, "No, let's take a whole car lane and make it go the other direction."
Narrator: [0:32] Like we see sometimes in New York and Montreal, they moved the parking over from the curb about eight or nine feet, and then that became the bike lane. And then, for the other bikes who want to go the same direction as cars, they can share the right lane, because we still have three lanes on that street.
Gabe Klein: [0:47] We did a lot of studies, and we looked at it. We realized we could take an entire lane out without affecting throughput for automobiles, at all. [musical interlude]
Narrator: [0:57] We have special signs at each intersection warning drivers, when they turn, to look for bikes.
Narrator: [1:08] So the contraflow aspect of this helps us get two way bike traffic on a one-way street. We're looking at that in other parts of the city, too, where we may have a short block or two where bicyclists, frankly, they're already riding.
Gabe Klein: [1:19] And as we all know, when you shrink the width of the road, you calm traffic.