The rise of scooters and bicycles has created problems for pedestrians and other users to live together. The traffic routes marked out with pink lines are intended exclusively for use by bicycles and scooters.
It may have happened to you that you were walking on the sidewalk and suddenly a bicycle or scooter passed you and almost hit you. Or on the contrary, you were out on your scooter or bike and someone ran into you. These are everyday situations and to avoid them, this initiative was created: the Lane delimited with pink lines.
The scene described above is quite common in big cities boom Such is the case with Personal Mobility Vehicles, which are known as scooters, bicycles, unicycles and other devices that are so popular today.
But the rise of these small vehicles has also helped Coexistence issues with other users, mainly pedestrians. And that’s why this initiative was born to delimit the lanes in which everyone can move according to the means of transport.
What does the lane delimited by pink lines mean?
According to the DGT, a VMP is a “vehicle with one or more wheels, equipped with a single seat and powered exclusively by electric motors that can allow the vehicle to have a maximum design speed of between 6 and 25 km/h”. The General Road Traffic Regulations add that “they may only be fitted with a seat or saddle if they are fitted with a self-balancing system.”
As we said before, this type of vehicle has become so widespread in recent years that sometimes quite conflicting situations have arisen. Saving the distances, it’s similar to what happened in the early decades of the 20th century when automobile use began to become more generalized.
Some town halls have decided to find a solution and we find an example in Salamanca, where the images that accompany the text come from. Here they have opted for two areas on the street that are exclusively available to pedestrians and runners or cyclists and users of electric scooters.
As? Very easy: have created a lane demarcated with a pink line for the exclusive use of cyclists and electric scooters. This lane borders another lane, delimited in this case by a green line, intended for runners and people on skates.
This curious measure establishes two shared lanes on the same street, allowing everyone, pedestrians, runners, cyclists and scooters, to live in harmony.