We have a number of these green painted bike lanes in Newcastle, and I like riding on them, they provide a sense of safety in the traffic and at lights as in the picture above. I feel as if I have a designated place on the road and can ride/wait there with impunity. But how much safety do these lanes acually confer to cyclists? Maybe the only real benefit of them is that they tell car drivers that there may be bikes in them, or increase the penalty if they actually hit a cyclist who is riding in a green lane (which, of course, is cold comfort to the hit cyclist).
With infrastructure dollars needing to be utilised as effectively as possible, the green lanes may prove to be of little value to cyclists.
I have written about such lanes before here and here and there is a discussion going on about them at the Newcastle Cycleways Movement site here as well. It would be good to hear others’ views on them.