A bike lane protection style from China: the low fence

July 24, 2014

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer


Photo by Jamie Sinz.

Here in the United States, designers of bike-friendly streets probably don't spend enough time talking about the biggest of the world's great bike countries: China.

"I'm a big fan of the low fences used in Beijing and other Chinese cities," reader Charlie writes, pointing us to the photo above. "They are modular and easy to install, yet quite effective."

Maybe because it's so easy for them to be really ugly and maybe because solid fencing doesn't let people cut out of the bike lane when necessary, fences are rarely used as bike lane separators in the United States. But they're also used in the up-and-coming bike city of Seville and deserve a look in some cases stateside, too.

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