Thursday, August 26, 2010

A bike lane, in Jerusalem?!

Jerusalem is going to have a dedicated bicycle lane??
Hard to believe!
The pictures of bikes along the new sidewalk is a good sign though.

As we saw in yesterday's post, Jaffa Street is getting ready to have its first-ever tram, in April inshallah.
The new sidewalk has been made, trees have been planted, and little shelters for future tram riders have been built.
In the photo above, the light rail tracks are to the left of the station.

Here's how that part of Jaffa Street looked in December 2008 when the rails were still above ground.
This is the way I often walk from the Central Bus Station to the Mahaneh Yehuda market.
It is faster to walk than to sit in a bus that is trapped by the congestion of having only one or two lanes open for traffic.
Living in Jerusalem takes a lot of patience.
You know, I'm thinking now . . . they probably are making a bike path in order to keep bike riders off the tram lane.


Reader Wil said...

That's a great idea to ride a bike! My daughter has a car but prefers to cycle to Rotterdam( one hour) than take the car, which should be 15 minutes but takes sometimes more than an hour on rush hours, which are from 7 am till 9 am and 4 pm till 6 pm.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

This is where I come in (employment wise) civic decoration.

Jew Wishes said...

I love the first photo...nice perspective and composition.

Trotter said...

Hi Dina! Amazing!!

Sorry for the rush!! I’ll be off for my official week holiday but Blogtrotter Two will be showing you the road to a wonderful setting: Costa Smeralda!! Enjoy, leave your comments and have a great weekend and week ahead!

Rob and Mandy said...

Trams are good, bike lanes are even better. It's funny, as hard as I try, I can't remember bikes in Jerusalem.
And no, we did not go for a swim last night, too hot. 33 degrees at midnight, that's quite terrible here.
Maybe tonight, very late

Sara said...

I do remember the congested traffic and all the honking! Everyone honks those horns...or they used to anyway. It was so different from what I was used to here and I was happy I was not the one trying to navigate the traffic mess.

VP said...

Bikes are for FLAT places, I can't imagine riding up and down Jerusalem under that sun...
But if someone dare, why not?

Spiderdama said...

We have it here too in our little town..biketown, because of Thor`s nice to have a bike and get fresh air in the face:-)
Wish you a wonderful weekend

Suzanne said...


Eki said...

A dedicated bike line is great! I wish our city government would start thinking about it, at least.

Francisca said...

I'm ad idem with VP... Great idea, but in your heat?

Kay said...

Oh excellent! This will also encourage everyone to get more exercise. I see Reader Wil mentioned her daughter bicycling. I remember seeing cyclists EVERYWHERE in the Netherlands. You were more apt to be run over by a bike than a car. This is good.