"Don't be such a puritan. Not all of us can pedal up and down in rubber knickers you know; we need to find balance. Of course, let's encourage cycling and walking, and we need to make cycling safer, but let us not treat people in cars like the enemy!"Let's hope there are no attitudes like that in our city's leaders.
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One 'city leader' vehemently said, when I requested that on-road space be retained for cyclists, "YOU cyclists are NEVER satisfied!" I do not consider that leading, more like going backwards.
Eventually with Peak Oil, Climate Change, population growth, road congestion, etc, the majority will recognise that truly encouraging sustainable transport is progressive. Electric cars are not sustainable: sourcing materials for production; dealing with toxic waste batteries; road congestion; building roads from polluting asphalt when a small light bicycle needs only a fraction of space and does less damage to the road surface; etc.
More encouraging words from Jan Gehl. With the high rate of apartment building in the CBD and the fact that most cycling commuters converge on the CBD, the ACC needs to take note of Jans words, especially as the city population grows.
'One is to create the bicycle infrastructure which is inviting and which is as safe as possible. It's very important, especially the crossing of other streets, that the bicyclist can feel reasonably safe going through the city and that's why it has to be inviting the way it's constructed."
The current facilities of white lines does not come up to this standard and many would-be cyclists still view the these facilities as inadequate. Below is the West Tce end of Franklin St, the bike lane is under the cars (the enemy.....this is why)
The above does not encourage new cyclists or fits the image of a people friendly city,but nothing some bold engineering would fix. Hopefully Steve Yarwood is encouraged by Jan's words.
Reminds me of a Stephen Terrace intersection, either Payneham or Magill Road.
Also the intersection of Osmond Terrace and The Parade. While I enjoy a coffee in Palazzo's, watch many cyclists go by, but also vehicles wanting to turn left that block the bicycle lane.
If one spoke to the drivers, bet they would all say they were good drivers.
Got a question for Yarwood?
Come along to 'Politics in the Pub' tomorrow night!