Separate cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.


The idea
Childishly simple admittedly, but as mentioned earlier, something has to be done if we are supposed to be encouraging more and more to take the plunge and give up the car.
To physically separate a portion of road for cyclists only, using probably the inner gutter area providing a clear barrier between the two.The word physical is important here, as I have cycled on roads that have 'cyclists only' markings, and in my opinion, they don't work
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Why the contribution is important


Firstly, this is an idea that will cost money, so may not be looked upon by the moderator and others as a particularly bright idea.
Nevertheless, if a pilot scheme could be implemented using just a small budget, it may just spark some further imaginative thinking and prove to be a good idea in the long term, considering we will be the green capital of Europe soon, not to mention our current status as England's cycling city.
Clearly there is a need to look at the contradiction to think green and get on our bikes, reducing our carbon footprint etc, and what is currently happening on our roads at the moment.
Cyclists weave in and out of the jams creating added stress for other road users to avoid collision, and motorists have little regard for the unprotected cyclists who are reducing their carbon footprints.If the roads were safer I for one would love to get on my bike to save the planet.

by user338616 on November 28, 2013 at 01:21PM

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  • Posted by user356171 December 19, 2013 at 17:36

    I agree that cyclists and cars/vans/lorries etc sharing the same road space is a nightmare for all concerned, and a particular danger to cyclists. Speaking as a driver who hasn't dared get on my bicycle in years because cycling in the city is just too dangerous and unpleasant, if separating them means reducing the road space for vehicles, then so be it. This may be unpopular in the short run, especially among petrol-heads, but if we sincerely want to be green and not bury our heads in the 20th century, then needs must. In the medium to long term it will make the roads much more pleasant and healthy, and give people a real alternative to driving.
  • Posted by user412750 December 19, 2013 at 22:15

    Unprotected cycle lanes are all too often obstructed by cars and delivery vans, which they do with impunity. This makes those cycle lanes ineffective - they may as well not be there, as all they do is to allow the bureaucrats to boast about how many miles of cycle lane exist.

    It is a worthwhile expenditure if it enhances the safety of existing cyclists and encourages more to cycle. The air quality, reduced stress, more efficient transport and health benefits would justify the expense.

  • Posted by user261867 January 03, 2014 at 21:56

    Separating different types of traffic is a great idea but complex and (probably) expensive.
    I suggest a number of high profile preferably arterial routes into/out of the city be considered for this treatment.
  • Posted by user318772 January 09, 2014 at 11:25

    As many cyclists opt for the pavement when there isn't enough safe road space why not have the pavement on one side of the street designated for pedestrians, and the other for cyclists? It wouldn't be appropriate for shopping streets but it might work on residential ones, once people got used to looking out for bikes before coming out of their front path. Car parking on both sides of our narrow residential roads means that even when they are one way there is insufficient space for cars to overtake safely, and drivers stuck behind a cyclist on a upward gradient will often take stupid risks.
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