Cycle lanes for new roads
I have worked in Bristol since 1996 and since that time have been disappointed with the provision for cycle lanes in the City. Although some minor improvements have been made, so much should have and could have been done.
My primary suggestion is to consider cyclists when designing road improvements, new roads and traffic light schemes. There are endless examples where massive road developments have taken place without consideration for cyclists. So much more could have been done when the area around the fountains in the city centre was re-designed. There is around 100m distance across the open space with only monir consideration for cyclists. The recently completed new road between the A38 and the mall included no provision for cycling.
I have cycled extensively in the Netherlands where traffic planning always considers cyclists to the extent that I was happy to take my young child on a trailer bike into the centre of a large dutch city (and no-one wears a helmet in Holland).
So, in summary: Develop a model so that the needs of cyclists are taken into account when road re-development takes place.
Why the contribution is important
It is important because cycling needs to be made accessible to more people and for this to happen, it needs to be safer. A measure of a good cycle scheme is whether one would be happy to let a 12 year old child ride freely in the are. Cycling is restricted to the keen lycra clad commuters. We need to make it safe enough to appeal to everyone.
by user147080 on November 19, 2013 at 09:10AM