Nice to see a positive from a well known car driver :-)
I am pretty sure many true car enthusiast like the idea of getting around with cycling.
Since there is no reason for car enthusiast to hate cyclist.
1. They realize that it is useless to tell cyclist to move faster, since it is a useless thing to do. They will still stuck in traffic jam.
2. It safe money from refueling car for commute and get more fuel for having fun in the weekend.
3. Cycling can make you look good in your good looking car. Fat guy with a Ferrari? You still looks like lazy bastard just in faster car.
Don't call yourself a true car enthusiast if you hate cyclist.
I am a car enthusiast and i love cycling.
He's absolutely right.
I'm surprised at some of the very negative comments from cyclists who don't appear to understand his point. At one point I thought I was reading an AdelaideNow article about cycling with a bunch of comments from petrolheads. Are we just as bad?
"Now I know that sounds like the ninth circle of hell, but that’s because you live in Britain, where cars and bikes share the road space,” he continues. “This cannot and does not work. It’s like putting a dog and a cat in a cage and expecting them to get along. They won’t, and as a result London is currently hosting an undeclared war. I am constantly irritated by cyclists and I’m sure they’re constantly irritated by me."
It seems to me he is saying cars and bikes can't share the road so the solution is to keep the bikes off the road so he can presumably drive around in one of his many cars unhindered. I've got lots of his books of articles from The Telegraph and have never read a positive pro cycling comment in any of them.
ust my 2c
Clarkson is simply saying that raised segragated bike tracks is the way to do it. Not painted bike lanes.
If even Clarkson can understand that why can't we get our politicians to do the same?
And just to clarify. Raised bike tracks are to be found between pavement and parked cars, not on the outside of parked cars. This reduces this risk of dooring ('only' the passenger side can do the dooring - most car only have a driver with no passengers) and protects the bikes from the driving cars.
The raised bike tracks reduces the likelihood of cars driving/parking within the bike track as the edge is done with nice granite stone that although don't damage your car, can make some fine scratces in your rims and tyres and give the shock absorber a good workout.
Plenty of inspiration at www.copenhagenize.com or just take a look at google streeet view http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Hammerichsgade,+K%C3%B8benhavn,+Da...
dont be fooled into a false sense of security.....it only messes with your head......safe safe out there and be vigulent as you will live longer :)
I suspect this was written on April 1.
Or may maybe it's the short skirts that have won him over? (read the article). I did see an episode of Top Gear where the Hollywood Star his was interviewing said how much she loved her Prius - Jeremy then also claimed to love the Prius (he hates it for those that don't know).
Jeremy and the boys from Top Gear are great entertainment, but shouldn't be taken any more seriously than that.
The roads where a dedicated lane ala Copenhagen would really be useful probably don't have the width to cater for it. Unley and Goodwood roads for instance.
Not sure these lanes stop the danger of being doored though.
Plenty of space. You could free up a couple of metres just by making the road lanes a little narrower. The only drawback (or plus) is that the traffic might slow down a bit.
You can see from this view of Unley Road, there is lots of space.
Also, do those roads really need two lanes each way? You could free up ample space if you took away one traffic lane each side.
Properly designed lanes remove the danger of dooring because you are on the other side of parked cars. On Unley and Goodwood Roads there would likely not be any on-street parking anyway; at least not during rush hours.
If you have ever driven a truck or a bus you would probably argue there is not spare room to reduce the lane width.
Nah. There's easily enough space. A quick trip around Google Streetview in cycle friendly countries will show quite a few streets very similar to Unley and Goodwood Road with wide raised bike lanes. Narrowing the lane, if anything, might slow traffic down. That is all.
If it is that hard, as I say, the alternative is to remove a traffic lane each side. That happened with Prospect Road and business seems to have improved.