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.
— Helen Clarkson (@HelenCLondon) August 4, 2015
— ChrisC (@ChrisC_CFC) August 4, 2015
— Ernie Marples (@ErnieMarples) August 5, 2015
— Urban (@UrbanManc) August 5, 2015
— benjamin dilzraeli (@adventuresofrob) August 5, 2015
Many thanks to the following twitter users:
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!