"The Bourg Walk" pedestrian and cycle bridge - the landmark cycle route showpiece in Aylesbury (a town in England).
Four of the town's nine cycle routes run across the bridge.
- Build some off-road cycleways (cycle paths)
- the biggest thing that puts off potential cyclists is having to cycle in the gutter while traffic whizzes past
- marking a narrow "cycle lane" on a narrow road just isn't the same - especially if most of the vehicles have to overlap the marked-off cycle lane to use the road!
|A dual-use pedestrian/cycle path.|
- Build some decent crossing where the cycle route crosses a main road
- Mark the cycle routes clearly, particularly where they change direction
|A pleasant section of a cycle route that passes through a park.|
The right-turn on the route is clearly signposted,
and is supplemented by markings on the path
- Include some suitable cycle parking
Well, put simply, offering a convenient and safe way to cycle in an urban environment encourages more folks to cycle rather than use cars (automobiles) for trips of up to a couple of miles or so (up to 3km), and therefore reduces traffic congestion and pollution.
Reducing traffic congestion and pollution in urban environments is something which most folks who live in such areas think is a good idea, even those who never cycle!
A further discussion of the economic and health benefits of pro-cycling measures, like those mentioned in this article, can be found here.
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