Dutch cycling city nominees 2014: Enschede

This is the third in a series of articles on Bicycle Dutch, looking at this years contenders for Cycling City 2014, and featuring Enschede, in the east of the country.

You can read the full article here.

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Cycling is (or should be) FUN!

As Easy As Riding A Bike

I couldn’t make it to Street Talks on Monday, to hear Mustafa Arif of the London Cycling Campaign discuss the Space for Cycling campaign, although I did manage to follow some of the discussion on Twitter. One tweet in particular stood out –

That is, how does cycle campaigning break out of the bubble, and convince people who don’t go anywhere near a bike on a day-to-day basis that demanding change is something they should be involved in?

There are no easy answers here, but I think one profitable angle is fun. People who don’t consider themselves ‘cyclists’ will ride bikes at some point during the year, but usually only under certain conditions.

They will ride bikes along seafronts, when they are on holiday.

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Speed Limits

As this month sees work commencing to bring down the A180 speed limit from Pyewipe to Lock Hill to 50mph, I generally welcome the move to reduce speed limits in parts of North East Lincolnshire.

It seems to me, though, there are some anomalies in our speed limits. For instance, the stretch of the A46 from Morrisons to Bradley Crossroads seems to be unnecessarily slow at 30mph most of its length. And the infamous Peaks Parkway speed cameras, enforcing 30mph on a stretch of road separated from other roads and with no pedestrian pathways along it, would also seem to better suit a 40mph limit, for instance as on Humberston Rd between Love Lane Corner and Hewitt’s Circus.

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However, I also believe, as does Sustrans, that all residential roads should come down from 30mph to 20mph. I also believe that where possible, these roads should be made no-through-routes to cars and trucks, but remain through routes for cyclists. This would not only slow traffic down on roads and streets where there are more likely to be people walking, but it would reduce the volume of traffic there too. These measures would make it safer and quieter for pedestrians and cyclists and for the people living there.

Yes, it would make it less convenient for motorists, who would have to take a more circuitous route than at present, but this would be done in the effort to prioritise cycling and public transport over taking the car in order to make the town a better and more pleasant place to live.

Dutch cycling city nominees 2014: Velsen

This is the second in a series of articles on Bicycle Dutch, looking at this years contenders for Cycling City 2014, and featuring Velsen, near the port of Ijmuiden.

You can read the full article here.

 

Dutch cycling city nominees 2014: Zwolle

This is the first of a series of articles on the excellent Bicycle Dutch blog, looking at the contenders for Dutch Cycling City 2014. The first in the series is Zwolle, a city approximately 60 miles north-east of Amsterdam.

You can read the full article here.

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