-23 May, 2020
The health crisis caused by COVID-19 is forcing administrations around the world to make drastic changes in mobility in cities. The new criteria of social distancing to reduce the risk of contagion force the search for options so that those who have to move every day can do so safely and economically. And the alternative should not and cannot be the massive use of the private vehicle for multiple reasons: economic, logistical, and environmental. Faced with this situation, the use of the bicycle appears as one of the most logical and sensible options.
One of the first measures taken by the governments of many cities in the world has been the accelerated construction of temporary bike lanes.
The construction of temporary bike lanes.
The construction of temporary bike lanes in both urban and interurban spaces is one of the first measures adopted by many cities, so that those citizens who must travel with their bicycles can do so safely, not only from the point of view of COVID-19 but also of road traffic.
In a first phase and to give a quick response to the emergency, many cities have resorted to the use of road paint or light separation elements such as plastic cones to create new bike lanes overnight. However, everything indicates that social distancing measures will last over time and cities have begun to rethink these temporary cycling infrastructures and adopt measures to make them totally safe for the duration of their use.
Likewise, cities have been forced to redefine the routes of some bus lines and create new bus stops. This has created conflicts with the new bike lanes that find bus stops on their way.
For these reasons, ZICLA makes its Zebra® family bike lane separators available to cities, which allow for the rapid and economical construction of segregated bike lanes.
Furthermore, ZICLA offers its Vectorial® system that helps to resolve the conflict that arises when a bike lane crosses a bus stop, and to build elevated spaces and pedestrian shelters, all of them, in a very short time and at a very low cost.
In addition, ZICLA also offers its Zipper® system system that allows the construction of segregated bike lanes also quickly and economically.
Lastly, ZICLA proposes the use of an anchorage system that allows these families and product systems to be installed and uninstalled very quickly and easily, with minimal intervention on public roads. This anchorage system allows minimal impact on the track so that when uninstalled, the track quickly recovers its original use. Also, with this system, the products can be temporally uninstalled and reinstalled in a different location as many times as desired.
In this way, ZICLA collaborates with the municipalities and reinforces its commitment to help build accessible, inclusive, and friendly streets with a low environmental footprint.