Helen Morgan

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

by , 03/14/14

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UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever “Armadillo” lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from traffic and gently remind cars to steer clear of cyclists. The affordable solution could significantly help improve road safety and reduce accidents.

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Cyclehoop‘s Armadillo road dividers are made from soft plastic, so they won’t destroy tires if drivers accidentally run them over. This means it is possible for ambulances and police cars to drive directly over them. The Armadillo is already a big success in several cities in Spain, but there is hope that the simple yet effective lane divider will spread worldwide.

+ Cyclehoop

Via FastCoExist

Images via Cyclehoop

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4 Comments

  1. PM Summer July 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Phenomenally dangerous to cyclists. Another example death by good intentions. Two-way bikelane… bad idea to begin with. If an oncoming cyclist (or jogger in the path) swerves to avoid a obstacle (or simply wobbles because their iPhone headset fell out), they or the cyclist coming from the other direction has no margin of error. A bicycle wheel hitting the kerb-bump will most often throw the cyclist into the motor lane. Criminal negligence by the transportation agency responsible.

  2. soupc420 March 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    @jsv

    im from canada and im going to guess they have bolts to remove them during the winter months.

  3. Denis Du Bois March 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Good way to increase bike use. As I recall, Copenhagen’s studies found that raised bike lanes with curbs didn’t decrease car-cycle accidents, but they made cyclists feel safer.

  4. jsv March 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Unfortunately it won’t work where I live in the midwest US. It would get destroyed by snowplows in the winter.

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