Dangerous Cycle Lanes

Following on from my post about the cyclist hit by someone opening their door without looking, I asked people to provide examples of cycle lanes that abutted parked cars, which not only encourage cyclists to ride in a dangerous position, but give drivers an incorrect notion of where cyclists ought to be.

I was completely inundated with responses. It seems this problem is widespread, with locations all over the UK and abroad where road designers have actually built cycle lanes that increase the danger posed to cyclists. The purpose of cycle lanes is too often seen as a way of removing cycles from being “in the way” of motor vehicles, rather than safely separating cyclists and motor vehicles to make it safer for cyclists. Designers need to build it right, or not build it at all.

We desperately need minimum design standards for cycle infrastructure, in the same way as we have design standards for “normal” roads, that local authorities are obliged to follow.

Here are a few of the examples I received.



Many thanks to the following twitter users:

@Berk_On_A_Bike
@ChrisC_CFC
@citycyclists
@HelenCLondon
@BedHead1158
@fyinnertube
@mikeqtoo
@ErnieMarples
@JoeSoap76
@StripyMoggie
@UrbanManc
@DracorumOrder
@adventuresofrob
@lizbatty

And thanks to everyone else who responded. Sorry I couldn’t use them all, but this post was getting loser-length enough as it was!

“CCTV In Car Witness” and Red Carpet Chauffeurs attempt to capitalise on cyclist’s death

A Secret Cyclist retweeted this from CCTV in car Witness earlier today:

It is identical to another tweet from Red Carpet VIP Chauffeur.

The background is that yesterday, the third cyclist in as many weeks was killed in London by a truck. Tragic and horrible, as any normal human would agree. To attempt to use such an event to sell your product is crass, insensitive, and simply disgusting.

Safe to say that I will never be taking any of my business to either of these companies, and I would urge other people to similarly boycott them.