Paris has fairly rightly received plaudits for among the pop-up biking infrastructure put in place over the previous 12 months or so, such because the protected bike lane on the Rue de Rivoli which is utilized by hundreds of cyclists a day – which provides to the shock of watching this video shot this week within the French capital’s 20th Arrondisement by which a rider utilizing a bi-directional cycle lane has to take care of automobiles together with a bus coming straight in the direction of him.
The footage was shot on Avenue Gambetta, which runs alongside the northern facet of the Père Lachaise cemetery – the final resting place of celebrities together with rock star Jim Morrison, the author Oscar Wilde and two-time Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon – and has gone viral on social media.
The bicycle owner who made the video, which follows one other he filmed on the identical road final summer season, stated on Twitter: “I hope that bodily separators come quickly to the cycle monitor on Boulevard Gambetta.” In a subsequent tweet, he added: “The massive drawback is there isn’t a arrow on the bottom for automobiles to inform [motorists] to not drive in opposition to the circulation of site visitors.”
J’espère que des séparateurs physiques arrivent bientôt sur la piste de Boulevard Gambetta. Automobile là, ce n’est pas doable. Point out spéciale au bus auto école ! @PeS_20e au secours !
Précédente analyse : https://t.co/h6iphXXcRf pic.twitter.com/f2Vhf5UdiU
— Altis ▶ (@AlTi5) February 17, 2021
Regardless of Avenue Gambetta being made one-way for motor site visitors this week by the city corridor of the 20th Arrondisement, the video reveals a succession of drivers ignoring the brand new guidelines on circulation and heading straight in the direction of the rider.
The video going viral has resulted within the native council shifting rapidly to offer additional security measures, experiences ActuParis, together with including new signage within the early hours of Thursday morning in addition to bodily obstacles to extend the security of cyclists.
The community of protected cycle paths which Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launched in response to a public transport strike initially of final 12 months and developed additional because the coronavirus disaster escalated have resulted in big development of biking within the metropolis, with latest analysis discovering that round six in ten riders took to a motorbike after they have been constructed – typically, offering better safety than the one proven within the video right here.
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