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Here’s Benidorm’s new ‘cyclist-friendly’ roundabout – what do you think?

Here's Benidorm's new 'cyclist-friendly' roundabout - what do you think?

We’re taking inspiration from Oxford and calling it the hamburger… The Spanish city of Benidorm has introduced an unusual roundabout as part of its aim to grow the share of cycling as a means of everyday transport – but the design suggests it’s one that doesn’t take account of how people actually use bicycles for everyday journeys, and is also likely to put them into conflict with motor vehicles.

A picture of the roundabout being constructed was posted to Twitter earlier this month by Trek Segafredo soigneur Josue Aran Garcia. Recently, the local council announced (link is external) that it plans to introduce a further 5 kilometres of cycleways within the first three months of the year, bringing the total to 35 kilometres.

As you can see from the image, the cycleway itself is placed between the two lanes carrying motorised traffic in opposing directions.

But it’s the roundabout itself that draws the eye, with the red track continuing straight through it and road markings suggesting that drivers of cars and other vehicles are expected to yield to people on bikes.

Among replies to the post on Twitter attracted was this one from Urban Cycling Living, the account of Dutch urban trend […]

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