Amazing Tips To Save Lives, Boost Local Economies and Make London the Greenest City in the World
So you’re lucky enough to determine how streets in London look like? You’re working in the world of planning, urban design, transport and civil engineering? You have an important role in keeping all road users safe and turning roads and streets into pleasant places for all.
Here are some inspiring tips from the Netherlands that could turn London in a city safe enough for all to cycle, a city with less accident and pollution. An infrastructure that is encouraging and facilitating cycling is key to reach urban liveability and sustainability with positive outcomes for the environment, people and the economy.
Four golden rules to encourage cycling that are valid through all articles:
- Safety. Even with the the most protecting gears they would find, cyclists are actually as vulnerable as pedestrians. Just like the latter need pavements to feel safe, cyclists need evident, comfortable and continuous lanes everywhere or alternatively on shared spaces, obstacles for other road users to drive at very low speed.
- Directness. Cyclists are making a physical effort, just as pedestrians are. Therefore detours such as one-way streets, one-direction junctions and special remote ways, such as quietways and cycle super highways sometimes, are discouraging and don’t make any sense to cyclists.
- Fluidity. Cyclists are slower road-users just as pedestrians. Just like the latter they need as less stops as possible to find their mode of transport worth it in terms of time-consumption. Therefore they need to have a certain priority above motorists at junctions.
- Parking. The only difference they have with pedestrians is that they do need to park their bikes somewhere. It is discouraging cyclists to force them carry their bikes in stairs or lifts or to force them to park far from their destination. This way you also support local businesses.
Finally, please remember your design can either make you a lifesaver or a criminal. Your role is very important!