The City of Regina says the new lanes will be monitored over the remainder of 2021 and into 2022 before a decision is made whether or not to install more advisory bike lanes. (blurAZ/Shutterstock) Cyclists and drivers in Regina are now testing out a new road-sharing plan on 14th Avenue in the city’s Cathedral neighbourhood.
The City of Regina has installed advisory bike lanes on 14th Avenue.
Michael Williams, a transportation consultant who wasn’t involved with the city’s plan, explains that an advisory lane system involves a centre lane, with "advisory," or edge lanes, on either side.
"The centre lane is dedicated to, and shared by, motorists travelling in both directions," said Williams. Meanwhile, the advisory lanes are used by cyclists, and can be used briefly by motorized vehicles when they’re facing oncoming traffic.
The idea is that when motor vehicles in the centre lane see they’re heading toward each other, both move into their respective bike lanes, and then move back into the centre lane when it is safe to do so.
The City of Regina began testing out the system on 14th Avenue earlier this month. The city was looking for "a lower-cost solution to install cycling infrastructure on low volume streets," Shanie Leugner, the City of Regina’s manager of infrastructure engineering, told CBC in an interview Monday.
After doing best-practice reviews of similar projects in Canada and other parts of the world, the city learned more about advisory bike lanes and decided that 14th Avenue would be a great place to try […]