Infrastructure for cycling

Any new roads etc to be built or roadworks on existing areas should be considering a cycle path preferably off road for cyclists. The main reason people do not cycle is that they have to share the road with cars. This would encourage people in cities to cycle and keep congestion down as well as encouraging healthy living.

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The main reason people do not cycle is that they have to share the road with cars. This would encourage people in cities to cycle and keep congestion down as well as encouraging healthy living.

by gdavis on February 21, 2016 at 10:12PM

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  • Posted by Alisonmr February 22, 2016 at 21:50

    Innovative infrastructure is a game cahnger in the choices people make in therir daily lives. Safe, comfortable cycle paths are an absolute must for a forward thinking city. There are a multitude of benefits from reduced air pollution, reduced CO2 emisiions, and health /fitness.
    I would love to see much more of the transport budget spent on infrastructure for active travel. It would be a very cheap way to make a very big difference.
  • Posted by LF February 23, 2016 at 22:56

    Just back from Seville, where development of extensive designated cycle routes has resulted in astonishing growth in cycling journeys in past few years, in order of 1500% . Simples.
  • Posted by FionaM February 25, 2016 at 08:56

    In Hoorn, in Nord Holland, I have noticed there are often 2 cycle paths. One for folk who cycle fast and one for folk who wish to cycle at a more leisurely pace!
    In København lots of people cycle but there is a kerb along the side of the roads to separate cyclists from traffic.
    This surely could be done here, as a start & interim measure, until proper cycle lanes are planned into new road building projects.
    It would also allow joining up of new road cycle lanes with existing roads. Near lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire a new roundabout was built recently, with what must be the shortesr cycle lane in Scotland, only round the roundabout!!!

  • Posted by hesterrs800 February 26, 2016 at 21:24

    Edinburgh is a relatively compact city and as there already exists extensive off road cycle paths around the town it would be a huge positive move to extend these into the city center, separating cyclists from traffic, particularly buses and allowing people to commute safely.
  • Posted by kb21182 February 28, 2016 at 19:45

    I completely agree with everything said so far on this forum. Having lived in continental Europe for 10 years this country is miles behind where we should be in terms of encouraging cycling and we still seem rooted in a car-rules mentality. I cycle commute daily to work and its quite depressing how few other commuters there are -despite cycling every day past a never ending queue of stopped traffic on Queensferrry road. Starting to properly plan cycle paths will encourage more people - as will Safer Routes to school - to encourage the next generation.
  • Posted by Jack_Thorn February 28, 2016 at 20:10

    Yes, for the relatively modest cost of providing a safe cycling environment, there would be a big return in terms of fuel saving, environment and health from the additional cyclists.
  • Posted by Anonymous February 29, 2016 at 19:10

    Good post and comments. I would also add that active travel proposals and priorities for network enhancement should be shown in the main body of development plans. Requirements at the site level should be clearly communicated in strategic design frameworks and site briefs. Simple stuff but it doesn't happen just now.
  • Posted by Redfox February 29, 2016 at 21:32

    Totally agree but road space and car parking are politically very sensitive. Until there is a political understanding that lots of voters want to walk and cycle then the status quo will remain. There are policies and transport strategies all over the place which talk about prioritising pedestrians and cyclist yet the simplist of things are still wrong.
    In the context of Edinburgh, as a pedestrian, you can stand for approx 5 minutes waiting to cross the road on Princes Street outside Jenners. This is on a road where cars were removed and the flagship public transport mode is in place. Without a budget and control the Planning System can do nothing to change the road space prioritised for users. The best Planning can do is deliver on new development. The worst it can do is continue to prioritise high parking standards and try to mitigate the impact by extracting money from developers to try to keep the cars moving quickly and increasing polution.
    Identifying required cycle networks in LDP is a given but why don't they get delivered? In my experience mitigating the impact of the car comes first and costs lots of money. Plannings lack of weight, particularly in relation to transport authorities is another factor in the lack of delivery.
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