Bicycle lane experiment in Rīga center launched

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This week the municipality of Rīga has fulfilled the previous decision that temporary bike lanes should be installed on the freshly repaired Čaka/Marijas Street, Latvian Radio reported November 13.

Traffic Department spokesman Austris Keišs said that the success of the experiment will be assessed in the spring.

Specialists had warned the City Council that such a step would significantly increase congestion, which would also include public transport. And indeed, on weekday evenings this week, it was true that there was heavy traffic during rush hours. Those responsible for the implementation of bicycle lanes explained that the outlining has not been completed, and therefore transport flows are delayed by ongoing work.

Austris Keišs said that in the coming weeks the Transport Department will complete all remaining work related to temporary lanes and the setting up of road signs.

It is far too early to speculate on the results of this experiment. Until spring, Čaka Street will have to be assessed regarding the movement of public transport, congestion, the impact on transport flows on other streets, and how many cyclists will use this infrastructure on a daily basis.

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