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  • Seoul Creates Commuting Lane for Bicycles by Repairing Existing Bicycle Lanes

  • Transport News SMG 782

    Next spring, you can ride your bicycle from Cheonggye Plaza, the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream, to Gosanjagyo Bridge in Dongdaemun-gu (near Yongdu Station, Line 2) following the wide open, 11.88-km bicycle lane. With a higher population commuting by bicycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commuting by bicycle will become faster and more convenient.
    Completing the Cheonggyecheon-ro bicycle lane means the completion of the east-west network of the lane from downtown to Jungnangcheon Stream and Hangang River. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has plans to extend the network to the northeastern part of the city by connecting the lanes along Seongbukcheon Stream and Jeongneungcheon Stream.
    The city aims to start the construction of the “Cheonggyecheon-ro bicycle lane” on September 7 (Mon.) and open the lane by April 2021.
    The target of construction is the straight 5.94-km section of Cheonggyecheon-ro between Cheonggye Plaza and Gosanjagyo Bridge. The two-way (southbound and northbound) lanes that stretch 11.88 km will be constructed as CRT (Cycle Rapid Transportation).

    CRT (Cycle Rapid Transportation): A network of main and branching bicycle lanes along which bicycles can move safely and quickly without the danger of colliding with other means of transportation

    The SMG has plans to make Seoul a “one-hour living sphere for bicycles” by gradually extending bicycle lanes from the current 940 km to a total of 1,330 km by 2030.
    The SMG placed an emphasis on creating bicycle lanes that are totally separate from roads without bringing any changes to the pre-existing roads.

    To this end, the SMG set up a customized strategy that considers the conditions of each section. For example, the existing bicycle lanes that are right beside the roads will be raised to be the same height as that of the sidewalk to be separated from the roads.

    The existing “bicycle-first” sections that do not properly function as bicycle lanes will transform into full-scale “bicycle lanes.” The trees along the streets that block passing will be transplanted and the width of the road will be kept the same.
    The construction will be conducted at night (10:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.) during which traffic is scarce. Citizen inconvenience and traffic jams will be minimized by splitting the periods of the construction of each section in consideration of the overall conditions and time such as the Chuseok holiday.
    The SMG will also build a cooperation system with district police stations to share information on the process of the construction and traffic flow to ensure that the comprehensive traffic project proceeds seamlessly and handle and solve any citizen inconvenience in case unexpected incidents occur.