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Cyclists on the Pavement

Now that our roads are becoming much busier and more dangerous from a cycling perspective there is a call from some groups to allow cyclists to ride on the pavement.

So is this a good idea and could save cyclists lives

Or is this a really bad idea because it puts the lives of the pedestrians in danger. . . .

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Posted at 20th Nov 2009 - 02:24PM   Posted by Westerwitch   Cyclists on the Pavement Comments: 4

Put "bicycles only" lanes on the edges of the road, separate by a small curb from the lanes for automobiles. It will minimally narrow the driving lanes for cars, with no ill effect for them, but make life safer for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Otherwise, let cyclists walk their bikes on sidewalks. That's something we require in our downtown, for cyclists who don't want to ride on the roads.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 20th Nov 2009 at 03:42PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Far more cycle lanes are needed in our towns. (We do have quite a lot, Rob.) No No Never alow cyclists to ride on the pavement. They will put the lives of children and the elderly at risk. I agree with Rob that if they are on the pavement, they must get off and push. But I am not even in favour of that as so many of our pavements are either too narrow or too crowded.
My conclusion is that more lives will be lost, or injuries occur if cyclists are allowed to ride on the pavement. And tons of bricks should fall on the teenage boys who already do it Twisted Evil

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th Nov 2009 at 04:05PM

More cycle lanes are needed - The Dutch have a very good model for this, and we could easily emulate them.

Another cyclist pressure group are seeking to have the law changed with regard to accidents involving bikes and motor vehicles. The plan is to have the law changed, so that regardless of whose fault an accident is, the Car/Lorry Driver is always at fault legally (under civil not criminal law for compensation claims) and it will be their insurance that will be claimed on. Article on proposed changes to Driver Liability

Posted by: Zoe on 20th Nov 2009 at 05:24PM

Ivy's Avatar I have been to Copenhagen recently and was impressed by the inner city cycling traffic. Nobody gets in nobodies way. They have the model Rob-bear has explained. Here we have cycle lanes but as they are just separated from the road by a line on the road it's easy for car's to drive in the cycle lane..... and we haven't nearly enough. Maybe the climate summit in Copenhagen could bring more Danish cycle lanes to the rest of the world? oi am sure that would have a bigger impact on the climate than all those fruitless talks and agreements.

Posted by: Ivy on 20th Nov 2009 at 05:49PM

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