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Forgive me if the announcement of Britain’s first 11 cycling towns leaves me a little nonplussed as I know that most of those towns picked will have got on the list as they will have presented themselves as most able to meet certain criteria. I am disappointed that mostly it will mean funding for more daft cycle lanes and areas to park your bike. It’s already been shown that cycle lanes put the cyclist at greater risk than just cycling on non defined roadways.
Whilst I applaud any initiative to promote the cycle, many of our major towns and cities have simply not been built to accommodate them and the rivalry between car owner and cyclists does not make for a happy marriage.
Whilst the ‘old new towns’ like Stevenage and were built with pedestrian and cycle ways entirely separate from the car routes , many towns and cities are still dominated by the choking flow of traffic.
In Australia it always surprised me that, considering the sheer width of some of their roads when compared to our narrow byways, the pavement (sidewalk) would often only be on one side of the road and not on both.
It never struck me before as to how wasteful having a walkway on each side of the road could be it always always made me wonder why we couldn’t just define one side of each road’s pavement exclusively for cycle use or give ourselves more road width with a similar single pavement system.
Better still would be to define some smaller roads as one way for traffic with the other side of the road for exclusive cycle use which would be an easier way to give cyclists defined routes across many of our towns and cities without these ridiculous and often piecemeal attempts to create cycle paths as and when the opportunity presents itself (in some cases cycle paths only run for a few feet before petering out).
It still amazes me that below the age of 16 it’s legal to ride your cycle on the pavement but not after that age when the most dangerous pedestrian unfriendly cycling I’ve encountered is largely by those below aged 16 (it’s not an anti youth point, it’s just the way I’ve personally found it to be).
By the way. Cambridge as a cycle town.Duh!
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