26.04.2022

Tallinn renews red marking of cycle paths in dangerous sections

Tallinn is to refresh the red road markings of city centre cycle paths only in the most dangerous road sections, while physical separations between cycle paths and the road will be installed to make cycling safer.

"Our aim is to gradually create a network of safe bicycle lanes separated from sidewalks and roads in the city centre, as envisaged in the Tallinn Cycling Strategy. For example, this year we will build new cycle lanes next to Pronksi, Jõe and Vana-Kalamaja streets as part of the reconstruction," said Vladimir Svet, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn. "Red road markings should remain in the most dangerous sections, where space is inevitably shared between cyclists and other road users, and should be renewed in these places, along with crossing lanes and other road markings."

The red markings on the pavement of cycle paths in the city centre will be renewed, particularly in the most dangerous sections, such as narrow lanes, junctions, bus and trolley stops, entrances and exits, where there are no barriers to separate bicycle and motor vehicle lanes.

The separation of cycle lanes from other lanes by means of barriers will be continued. In addition to the posts used so far, this will involve the use of low traffic lane dividers, which will be installed to separate the cycle lane from the rest of the carriageway, for example on the section of Pärnu maantee between Vabaduse väljak and Süda street and on part of Endla street.

In addition, red markings will be refreshed on some of the cycle lanes on a number of the city centre's main arterial roads that are not planned for reconstruction this year or next, such as Liivalaia street, which will be reconstructed in 2024. Bicycle paths that are not currently marked in red or separated by barriers will be marked with white lines and blue cyclist signs.