Tallinn to allow cyclists to ride in more bus lanes

A sign in a bus lane which shows cyclists can ride in the lane,
A sign in a bus lane which shows cyclists can ride in the lane, Source: ERR

Cyclists will be allowed to ride in bus lanes on Tallinn's Narva and Pärnu highways later this summer. The city government is trying to create more opportunities for cyclists in the city center.

Deputy Mayor Andrei Novikov said the lack of space does not allow for the construction of special bicycle paths.

"The creation of common bicycle and public transport lanes is possible only in the city center in places where there is no other solution and the real average speed of public transport is comparable to the speed of cyclists. The city center is one of the most difficult areas in Tallinn and new solutions are often impossible or very difficult to find," Novikov said.

Scooters can only be ridden on the sidewalk.

ERR News reported earlier this month, a change in bus lane regulations now allows cyclists and buses to use the same lanes in the center of Tallinn which have a speed limit of 30 km/h.

There are new road markings on Estonia puiestee, which allow for cyclists and buses to share bus lanes. In the eyes of the law, both vehicles are now equal. But not all cyclists think the new solution is a good idea and the idea has been criticized as being dangerous.

The red line shows were cyclists will be able to cycle in bus lanes later this year. Source: Tallina linnavalitsus


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Editor: Helen Wright

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