City cycling can be dangerous, especially if the only thing separating you and that 20-ton bus is a thin strip of paint. Enter the Copenhagenize Flow, a low-cost and above-grade temporary bike lane that snaps together like Legos for a safer and more comfortable biking experience. By giving cities the chance to try out safer bike lanes at a fraction of the cost, The Flow could become "the gateway drug to permanent bicycle infrastructure."
Created by the Copenhagenize Design Company, The Flow is a system of pre-fabricated, interlocking modules made from a combination of 100% recycled plastic and wood. Each module snaps together to create grade-separated cycle tracks of varying widths and unlimited lengths. Unlike the average potholed and puddled city street, these rugged modules will be slip-resistant and water-permeable. The system will also include ramped tiles to help cyclists get on and off the elevated bike lane.
To illustrate the simplicity of the process, Copenhagenize’s advertisements show children putting together the bike lane in four easy steps, from lifting each individual tile to clicking it into place. According to Copenhagenize, a small team can put together over half-a-mile’s worth of track in just one day. The company also offers a consultation service to help cities decide on where to place the temporary cycle tracks according to best practices and collected data.
Via Fast Company