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5% of transport spending  goes on active travel in Scotland

 

 

 cycling is an efficient, healthy and cheap means of transport, while lessons from countries such as Denmark on the benefits of decent funding and long-term planning of dense cycle networks are readily available.

We know dangerous driving and air pollution from cars kill tens of thousands a year.

We know developers fail on pledges to deliver cycling, walking and public transport promises, leaving communities over-reliant on cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 Spend money on cycling and walking, restrict dramatically motor car usage and give rights to vulnerable road users (presumed liability perhaps) to balance against the current acceptance of carnage by police, CPS and the courts.

We will wait years for any meaningful infrastructure so let’s push the buttons on driver behaviour to an extent where KSIs of vulnerable road users are held to account.

The ‘sun is in my eyes’ excuse must stop and dangerous and inattentive driving punished severely, there is no such thing as an accident.

 

 

 

 

They have invested in a cycling scheme, which is fully effective in putting any would be cyclist off cycling for ever.
Previously cyclists used the roads and it worked quite well, now cyclists have to share pavements with pedestrians, most of whom are oblivious to quickly approaching cycles due to wearing head phones, and no amount of bell ringing and shouting raises any response, make things worse they walk 5 abreast.
White van man who thonks the cycle path is a good place to park
The surface of the cycle paths is littered with pot holes that feel like your wheels are breaking and manhole covers, in some case the surface is so bad you can hardly see from the vibration.
signs for cyclists that use too small letters to be read without stopping, signs that are too high and out of cyclists field of view and signs place behind tree branches.
At t-Junctions cyclists are expected to give way to every side road
At junctions cyclists are expected to dismount and use the pedestrian underpass.
Cycle lanes switch from one side of the road to the other with zero warning.
Then the attitude of some drivers who block you from cycling up the inside.
This large town has invested a lot of money to make the situation worse for cyclists

Simply cyclists should have higher priority than cars as they can less easily stop and start especially on hills.

the Dutch have got it pretty much right.
In speed limits of 50km/h (30mph) and higher cycles cars and pedestrians are all separated each with their own lane in each direction often physically separated. Cycle lanes are painted red so it is quite clear. cars may not cut up cyclists when tuning left as the cyclist has priority and woe betide a driver who does this.
Cyclists have their own traffic lights -at the right height and these go green before th one for cars. 
30km/hr (20mph) zones are much more extensive - here cyclists travel with cars and pedestrians are separated. 
Cyclists may cycle the 'wrong way" in one way streets
Also every station has hundreds of secure bike parking place many Dutch people cycle to their station catch the train and then have a second bike at the arrival station to cycle to work

The Dutch decided to go for active travel many decades back and have been able to improve by introducing new measures ever since. Motorists there are used to cycles and many cycle themselves so it seems a world away from the the UK screams of picking on the overtaxed motorist when even something as simple as the Dutch way of opening a door is mooted.
 ebikes can cycle to many destinations using cycle lanes and quiet back roads without resenting the extra mileage involved compared to using the car ruled roads.

 

The incentive of reduced NHS costs is actually one of the biggest financial drivers for better/more cycling. NICE now has encouraging active travel as an explicit intervention - there is a consultation on at the moment: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-qs10073/consultation/html-content-2

 

In Paris they changed the law so cyclists can treat red lites as "give way", since the introduction of these rule changes, casualties for all road users have gone down. 
The threat from pavement cycling is greatly exaggerated. Most years cyclists don't kill any pedestrians on pavements, whereas cars mounting pavements & killing or seriously injuring pedestrian is a daily occurrence. 
Passing on the left, or "filtering" is legal. It would be difficult to make any progress if cyclists couldn't do this, reducing their speed to that of cars which is under 5 mph during rush hour where i live. Do you really think cyclists should join the back of a line of stationary cars? Most would give up & walk..

 

 

 It's the weather, it's the landscape, the wind, the rain preventing the use of bicycles ... But interesting how the bicycle traffic always increases the moment you offer a proper infrastructure. Just like the number of public transport users increases the moment you have proper connections. And - don't forget - supporting bicycles is cheap. In a recent article in "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" (a german major newspaper) a representative of Kopenhagen mentioned the costs for all the bikelanes, bridges and so on: 280 Mill. Euros. He also mentioned the price for 3 kilometers motorway the city built recently: the same amount of money. 
And one should not forget the fact, that - at least in Germany - the average distances covered are small - about 10 to 11 kilometers. Should be manageable by bike, as bikes are mostly faster than cars up to a distance of 6 kilometers. With proper infrastructure this could be increased. Another possibility would be to combine public transport with bikes - in Munich the public transport company offers also bikes and - in the near future - e-bikes.

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