On Your Bike!

Riding to work, or anywhere can be wonderful. Not only is it better for your city, for the Earth, pollution & for your health — both mental & physical — it can be pretty fun. Problem is Coventry & most cities in the UK have awful cycle lanes!


There are bike apps to help you navigate the route to Coventry, though most of it is on the roads. Not only is this dangerous for the cyclist, but it also slows down traffic leading to frustration for all.


Dedicated connected bike paths are the key to encouraging people to commute & use bikes in any city. As it's illegal to ride your bike on pavements, dedicated bike lanes are a must!

(What a dedicated bike lane would look like on the A444)

Benefits

  • Health - Physical & mental

  • Pollution - bikes don't pollute the air

  • Save Money - cars are expensive

  • Ease Traffic - for those needing to drive

A possible lane by the University.

Safety

The biggest problem putting people off is having to ride on the road. It feels really dangerous & as a driver I know how it's sometimes difficult to negotiate bikes when there isn't much room. The latest Bike Life was published in November & found 80% of those surveyed did not feel the region was a safe place to cycle.


Example - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the best cycling city in the world. In Copenhagen, the cycling population contributes $261 million a year in public health savings. Now, 62% of residents ride a bike daily to work or education in the city—just 9% drive. “Bicycle streets” are standard in many Dutch cities & always get priority over cars.


Practicalities of cycling

  • sweaty - if you wear the correct clothes & ride at a comfortable speed, a simple pat down & change of clothes is all its needs.

  • cost - a bike can be cheap or expensive but worth the investment compared to the cost of a car's expenses.

Implementation

Cycle paths do not need to be built on every street, or road (in many ways the claim that are roads are too narrow. They are typically only needed where volumes of motor traffic are high and/or where traffic is travelling at a higher speed. These locations usually correspond to roads which do have width available - width assigned to facilitating the flow of motor vehicles.

  • They need to be connected

  • Wide enough for both directions

  • The lanes can be put in when the road is resurfaced. It will cost the council money, but offset that against pollution, road damage.



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