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Regular news: Issue 579 9 Sep 2011

Segregate cyclists and make urban car use ‘difficult’, say researchers

Travel Behaviour

Andrew Forster

The sheer difficulty of significantly boosting walking and cycling levels in Britain has been highlighted by new research suggesting that many people think the modes are unsafe, impractical and even abnormal ways of getting about.

The academic team behind the research say only a major programme can overcome the barriers and change a culture in which cars are seen as the default option for short trips.

One of the key recommendations is the provision of “fully segregated cycle routes on...

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13 Sep 2011

Their findings are spot on, and reflect for example Dutch practice (no, it's nothing to do with them not having hills...).

We are beginning to edge towards this approach in Bristol, but until now have still had a touching faith in 'cycle-lanes' on heavily trafficked roads, and on 'committed cyclists'.

19 Sep 2011

Provision for cyclists is at best mediocre and inconsistent and desperately needs a proper policy for provision at national level that avoids tokenism. Squaring competing demands for road space will remain a challenge but I suggest that providing better and more consistent provision for cyclists may provide sufficient "carrot" without needing any "stick" on motorists.

10 Oct 2011

I don't know who these researchers are, but they are spot on. As a female cyclist all I can say is they need to heed the advice and provide segregated cycling routes along the major routes in London, alongside traffic. And cyclists need to be given priority over ALL traffic INCLUDING buses who continually pull out just as they see a cyclist overtaking. And pedestrians need to be given priority over everyone - including cyclists.