[Yak] why I prefer US cycle paths
tony at raven-family.com
Fri Apr 3 12:24:35 CDT 2009
It doesn't require any joined up thinking at all. We have a cycle
network that goes most of the places that people want to go and is safer
than any white painted cycle lanes etc. Its called the roads. We just
need to use them and train people in vehicular cycling to reduce the
minimal risks even further. Doesn't cost anything, doesn't require any
special measures or thinking and its already there ready to use.
The only reason people don't cycle on them is we seem to have done a
wonderful job of convincing them it would be instantly suicidal to try.
As long as we perpetuate that myth by campaigning for special safety
provision then people will conclude that their perception is right and
stay away from cycling.
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 08:35:33 +0100
> From: Andy Heath <cycling at axelrod.plus.com>
> Subject: Re: [Yak] why I prefer US cycle paths
> To: YAK <yak at bikefriday.com>
> There is a general lack of joined-up thinking over here
> and a great need to find ways to achieve that joining.
> There are many things that cannot be achieved without
> that because they require co-operation across organisations
> and we don't have good ways to do that.
> Now if one could combine the best of US no-bullshit
> thinking with the best of European public-organisation
> attention to social aspects of life and community
> one might have a system that worked.
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