Dutch style cycling infrastructure

Scotland's cities are increasingly dominated by cars and are suffering from the effects. Car use should be going down, but it is going up.

Dutch style infrastructure would give people the confidence to use active transport. It would improve air quality, health, safety and the freedom for children to get to school. It would give those on low incomes more transport equality. It would reverse the current trend of increasing pedestrian deaths.

Scotland's climate is temperate so cycling is a realistic transport option all year round. Modern bicycle gears are more than capable of handling the hills in Scotland's cities, and there is the option of e-bikes.

Cycling infrastructure is cheaper to build and maintain than roads for cars and lorries.


Why the contribution is important

Air quality is a major public health issue.

Obesity is a major public health issue.

Low life expectancy is a major public health issue.

Massive road spending is unsustainable.

Car dependency makes neghbourhoods less livable due to rat running and the danger it brings.

Designing cities for cars marginalises people who can't afford them, or don't want to use them.

Pedestrian deaths rose last year.


by Andrewwd on October 06, 2015 at 10:31AM

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  • Posted by gamal October 12, 2015 at 14:27

    Agree. Better infrastructure and using the existing resource in a better way, e.g. we have a great route from Paisley Canal (west-east) to Kilbirnie but then it stops.

    At Polmadie (south Glasgow) the cycle lane appears to be about 50 cms wide! And immediately at the edge of the pavement beside the cars and lorries.
  • Posted by Greenland October 14, 2015 at 10:41

    I am now a former resident (but still home owner) in Edinburgh, living temporarily in Copenhagen. The cycling infrastructure (proper infrastructure with safe kerb-separated lanes) is one of the biggest enhancers of quality of life in the city. I used to cycle everywhere in Edinburgh so I know it's not the hills or the weather that are the biggest challenges but the traffic and safety on the road.

    Proper space for cycling assists with everything from improving air pollution and health to enhancing community cohesion as older people and those with small children are more able to get out and about. Small shops also benefit as cyclists can more easily see what is for sale and more easily drop in. The city of Copenhagen estimates a net positive economic benefit for every km cycled as opposed to a net negative economic harm for every km driven.

    This report from the city of Copenhagen (in English) explains what they are aiming for over the next decade. I think Scotland's cities could learn a lot from it.
  • Posted by glasgowmoose October 19, 2015 at 19:36

    Urgently needed to deliver health benefits and economic growth. Car-centric design needs to be undone to reduce air pollution and encourage active travel. Segregated cycle paths must be provided on the few new roads we build, and existing road space re-purposed to favour self-powered transport.
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