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V.le Volontari, Udine
The design is the detail development of one of the main axes provided for in the “Feasibility study of an integrated system of cycle lanes in the town of Udine“ in 1991, later adopted by the Urban Traffic Plan. The objective is the implementation of street furniture along a path intended to weak users, through the integration of existing routes, enhancing the environmental and architectural aspects of the site. The route aims at becoming a protected connection from south to north, between the city center (access from Via Gemona) and the cycle lane which runs from Viale Vat up to the municipal district of Tavagnacco.
The three main issues are:
- the ratio of motor vehicles to cyclists;
- the relationship between pedestrians and cyclists:
- the intersections among the various traffic streams.
Regarding the first point, the low impact on the organization of the road traffic was one of the prerequisites of ter intervention. in the sections where the cycle lane occupies part of the roadway. the impact on the organization of motorized users will he acceptable.
As to the secon point, to reduce conflict between cyclists and pedestrians, whenever possible we adopted for the division between the two utilities. Where it was not possible (e.g. along the canal), a proper assessment was made of the pedestrian and bicycle traffic load, its possiole development and degree of conflict, intervening with appropriate horizontal and vertical road signs.
At intersections, the project provides for the maximum safety of both pedestrians of cyclists, through the differentiation of the tracks. in order to facilitate reciprocal view between weakusers and motorized vehicles, in same places the existing pavements have been reducing the area of the crossing areas and achieving a deterrent effect on the speed of motorvehicles.
At the end of the embankment, the realization of a pedestrian ramp allows an easy access to Piazzale Osoppo. Accessibility to existing private pedestrian bridgeshas been maintained. The public pedestrian and cycle bridges have been rebuilt. The architectura lwork of descent from the longcanal was conceived as part of an itinerary intended to reach the historic centre. Piazzale Osoppo appears to be astrong point of discontinuity due to the heavy traffic. For this reason we have adopted for the placement of the cycle lane on theeast side of the square, makinguse of the existing central reservations and allowing access to the lanes t the users comingfrom the north eastern part of the city.