When I reported on my conference- and museum-visit to Vienna a few weeks ago, I spared you my little moans about the terrifying system of cycleways that criss-cross the city -- terrifying for unfamiliar pedestrians, that is. I assume that the locals have internalised the different significance of the red and green tracks, because despite the speed of the passing bikes I didnt actually see any ordinary walkers mown down. But for the averagely observant stranger the whole pavement network fely close to a death trap. The picture above is a case in point, where you will see the pedestrian symbol caught between bikes going in different directions. In other places you would be dutifully following the 'walking person' sign, only to discover that it changed apparently without warning into a superfast bike highway.
Now, as an habitual cyclist, I am in principle dead keen on bike lanes. But the problem of turning roads never designed for the purpose, at least not at the present volume of traffic, into convenient and safe spaces for cars, bikes and walkers is never quite as simple as it seems -- as I've just discovered in my own street, where the local council has just installed a 'wide-enough-for-two-bikes' cycle lane down one side of the road.