Safe, segregated and joined up
Edinburgh needs to have a joined up network of quiet routes with modal filters in place, and fully segregated routes where this isn't the case. The majority of residents do not have a car and as such the council has no obligation to provide for car owners first (and I am one).
The UK government has published key design principles which should be followed:
Cyclists must be separated from volume traffic at junctions and on the stretches of road between them.
Cyclists must be separated from pedestrians.
Cyclists must be treated as vehicles.
Routes must join together. Isolated stretches of good provision are of little value.
Purely cosmetic alterations should be avoided.
Barriers and dismount signs should be avoided.
Routes should only be designed by those who have experienced the road on a cycle.
On that last point, I would be delighted to take any of the council's staff members on a short guided cycle on a hire bike, to show what a regular journey looks and feels like from the position of a person on a bike.
Why the contribution is important
Cities are changing by necessity and Edinburgh is no different. Cars are not for cities and public transportation capacity is severely reduced.
by MichaelMain87 on July 30, 2020 at 07:14PM