The National Funeral protest in London

Yesterday was the National Funeral protest march for walkers & cyclists in Central London, organised by Stop Killing Cyclists. The video above is the ITN news report. You can find more information and the various speeches in the link below.

http://stopthekilling.org.uk/the-national-funeral-for-the-unknown-victim-of-traffic-violence/speeches-at-national-funeral-rally/

2nd class citizens on 3rd world cycling infrastructure

Why is it cyclists are still 2nd class citizens on 3rd world cycling infrastructure? It’s simply not good enough that there’s no space for cycling on virtually all the roads in NE Lincolnshire. Today I was cycling in the (very thin) painted-on lane at Fryston Corner, approaching the college on Weelsby Rd, when a guy in a silver Mondeo, registration H7 G – –  (I don’t recall the full regn) almost knocked me off my bike. This was in full daylight, around lunchtime, & I was in the cycle lane. It was such a close shave I knocked on his window at the traffic lights to tell him he nearly knocked me off and to leave space for cyclists. All I got in return was a V-sign, a tirade of expletives and  “you don’t pay road tax”!

Actually Mr foul-mouthed Mondeo, I do pay road tax but that’s not the point. There’s space for people walking – it’s called a pavement. They don’t pay road tax but they have a space to be in. People riding a bike do not have a space to be in. We have to share the road with vehicles that, driven by ignorant or careless drivers, pose a genuine threat to our safety and even our lives.

The painted on lanes that the council have provided for people riding bikes are simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH! It’s not good enough to expect drivers to respect cyclists because as anyone who has cycled on our roads will tell you, they don’t! When you’re driving your car you’re insulated from the outside world and oblivious to the danger cyclists face. Putting up signs asking drivers to respect cycle lanes, as NE Lincs council has done recently, is frankly laughable. I understand it’s an attempt to improve things for cyclists by a transport department of the council with no budget to do a proper job, but it is completely futile. I doubt if most drivers have even seen these signs along Clee Rd and Weelsby Rd.

A sign asking drivers to respect the cycle lanes.

A sign asking drivers to respect the cycle lanes. Obviously, it’s not having the desired effect!

I doubt many if any drivers have even seen these signs. Signage is not the answer - good design is.

I doubt many if any drivers have even seen these wholly ineffectual signs. Signage is not the answer – good design is. There’s plenty of space here to create a segregated cycle lane that provides a safe cycle space.

The answer is proper action by the council to allocate funds to create separated cycle lanes, so that there is a safe space for cycling. Nothing else will do. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take decades to do. Look at what has been achieved in New York over the last 5 years with good design and a proactive approach. Why is NE Lincs council so blind to the safety of cyclists on it’s roads? That’s a question I’d really like an answer to!

Take a look at this solution from New York….

Not bad.

Not bad. Photo from Business Insider

or this from Bogota….

Photo from citiesforpeople.net

Not bad at all! Photo from citiesforpeople.net

and this example of cycling infrastructure in The Netherlands: (the best!)

Copenhagen updates

Copenhagen has been doing a lot to accommodate and encourage cycling recently, and here’s another great Streetfilms video showing that. The film features some of the Copenhagenize team proudly demonstrating some of the new features and developments, including the Snake bridge and the Green Wave. Brilliant! If you love cycling, you’ll want to visit Copenhagen!

 

 

Painted lines are not infrastructure

Excerpts from Jon Snows comments to the Transport Select Committee in 2012.

Jon Snow presents Space For Cycling

Jon Snow, the news presenter and CTC president, in an excellent short video focusing on the space needed to accomodate everyday cycling.

The Travelling Cyclopolitans – Part 2: In Sydney

Follow Mark and Jenny in Sydney.

Dutch cycling city nominees 2014: Eindhoven and Almere

These are the final two videos in a series of articles on Bicycle Dutch, looking at this years contenders for Cycling City 2014.

 

You can read the full articles here and here.

 

The Travelling Cyclopolitans!

Follow Mark and Jenny as they begin their cycling tour from Auckland, New Zealand, to Melbourne, Australia.

What is a Cyclopolitan, you may ask? Find out here! In search of bike culture!

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.

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.

 

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