There are specific guidelines and framework for planning shared path line marking process. There are a few key characteristics for creating these shared paths. The design should follow the road rules to make a proper and safer pathway that will be mainly used by both by the riders of bicycles as well as the pedestrians.
Recently, there has been a few changes made in the road rules and the most significant one is that the riders of bicycles are no longer forbidden on the footpaths. It is therefore very important for the local governments to provide coherent networks for both the paths for the pedestrians as well as the bicycles. There are several reasons such as:
- It will encourage exercising on these tracks which will in turn improve public health, keep them fit and reduce the level of stress and strain on the hospital systems as well as the health services.
- A proper and safe path will also encourage the people to shift from driving cars to several other forms of transport such as public transport, cycling, and even walking.
- It will in turn reduce the level of pollution in the air and greenhouse emissions
- Most importantly, it will reduce traffic congestion enabling proper management of traffic.
However, the planning framework for shared path line marking should be proper so that it ensures better quality with proper bends and gradients to ensure maximum safety and good visibility.
Assessing path capacity
The first important thing to determine the planning of the framework for shared path line marking is to assess the path capacity and accordingly selecting the widths of the path. For this matter, the workers need to refer to the road planning and design manual of the department. It will help them in a lot of different ways such as it will enable them to:
- Follow the right process to assess the capacity of the existing paths
- Assess whether or not there is any need for any upgrades in the path and
- Select the most suitable widths for the new paths.
When it comes to calculating the path width, following the graphs and procedures that are outlined in the planning and design manual of the department is helpful in assessing the right path width and proper shared path line marking for use as both recreational and commercial paths.
Effectiveness of the shared path
The most obvious reasons for shared path line marking is to make people aware of their position in the travel lane and to indicate where they should cycle preferably. According to the rules of the government the shared lane markings are primarily used to:
- Assist the cyclists with the lateral placing of these marks in a shared lane
- Help in reducing the chances of accidents of a bicyclist being struck by the open door of any vehicle parked in the parallel parking
- Help the cyclists in lateral positioning in the narrow lanes through which a motor vehicle and a bicycle to move side by side on the same traffic lane and
- Alert all the motorists of the lateral positioning of the bicyclists on the lane who are likely to occupy the path.
Most importantly, the shared path line marking will ensure and encourage safe passage to the bicyclists by the motorists on the same lane. On the other hand, these markings will also ensure that the number of incidents of wrong-way bicycling is reduced dramatically. This makes these markings very effective for the safety of the people on the road.