How do you make an instant protected bike lane?
Just add “armadillos”.
“Armadillos” – named after the little road kill critter – are recycled plastic dividers that create a protected space for cycling.
It’s just a small, gentle bump that reminds motorists to stay out of a protected bike lane. “They’re not very high, so if a driver strays in the road they’ll just feel a bump and move away from the edge,” notes Anthony Lau, managing director at Cyclehoop, the company that makes the product. “It’s not like driving over concrete, which would just destroy your wheel.”
If necessary in an emergency, ambulances, fire and police vehicles can drive over the armadillo.
Compared to a concrete curb or other more ambitious dividers for protected bike lanes, the armadillo is easy and cheap to install. And, if transportation agencies have second thoughts, they can be easily uninstalled as well. That means they’re a good solution for agencies interested in experimenting with protected bike lanes.