This is one of a series of short stories on interesting bits of design noticed elsewhere.
Below is a picture of a road given a drastic traffic calming. Instead of being two directions of car traffic, this paved surface was converted to two unidirectional cycle lanes. The leftover space in the middle is for car traffic. And yes, cars have to pull onto the bike lane to pass each other, but they soon resume their centre-of-the-road path of travel. This is fairly similar to the treatment on Somerset Street East near the Adawe passerelle.
(note that someone with a perambulator chose to walk the wrong direction on the cycle lane, forcing the cyclists in the picture to swing wide around them. But all traffic is slow, everyone shares the road nicely …).
Here is another example, with continuous paint surface on the road. Paint like this works if it is not instantly erasable, as ours is, and of course there were no snow plows to scrape it off:
Here’s a bit of road along the Canal du Nord in Belgium where that sharing is made explicit:
While horses aren’t mentioned in the pictograms, they have expressed themselves on the path anyway!
Intercity cycling in parts of Europe is well developed. However, it is not all pastoral no-traffic roads like this:
There were lots of make-do segments too:
And many stonedust pathways:
I have extreme reservations as to the merit of these “garbage nets” along roads, for either motorists or cyclists, as it seems it would be easy to “miss” the net. However, I didn’t see any garbage under the contraption.