Cycle lanes are undoubtedly safer for cyclists to cycle on. Cycle lanes help reduce crashes and injuries among cyclists. A point confirmed by some recent research by Australian researchers at The George Institute in the country.
Taking a leaf out of what the Netherlands does in terms of cycle infrastructure or anything is never a bad thing, so it is great to see damaged land being reclaimed here in the UK and being put to good use to generate cycling take-up. In Lincolnshire, a three year project has just been launched to regenerate Lincolnshire’s coastal grazing marshes.
Direct action is not really in the make up of us Brits. The closest we get is some form of critical mass. In other countries, it is a lot different. In Mexico a group of cyclists have taken to painting a “guerrilla” cycle lane along a busy stretch of road in the centre of Mexico City.
This week has seen the Department for Transport (DfT) publish a literature review on how the UK’s road infrastructure influences cycling casualties. The DfT asked the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to undertake the review that looks at how cycle accidents happen and can be reduced.
The city of Moscow is not known for being bike friendly. In September, the city opened its first cycle lane but not to too much acclaim.
Better cycling infrastructure will bring more cyclists on to the road, this is proven. This is a point borne out by a study of 2,000 commuters in Dublin, which concludes that more and better cycle lanes will be needed to get more people out on bikes.
One of the pet peeves of any cyclist are cars, vans or lorries parked in bicycle lanes. We can do little about it as cyclists other than complain to the local authorities after the event.
If you’ve never ridden a bike to work on a regular basis commuting by bike can bring up many challenges. Having worked from home for a number of years, I travelled into Going Going Bike office’s in London by bike for the whole of the last week, experiencing the many trials and tribulations of the early morning and evening cycle commute for the first time.
The recommended width of a cycle lane is 2 metres. When at this width, a clearly-marked lane will give the cyclist the space they require to ride safely away from passing traffic, but often painted lanes do not even meet the minimum recommendation of 1.5 metres.
We do love to be by the seaside here at Going Going Bike. Even more so if we can take our bikes. So its good news that Blackpool has just completed work on its dedicated cycle lanes linking four inland routes into its famous promenade.