Wednesday, July 18, 2012

London, England: The "Cities Fit for Cycling" manifesto

The Times (note: daily newspaper in London UK) is committed to achieving
its eight-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists.

1. Trucks entering a city centre should be required by law to fit
sensors, audible turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars
to stop cyclists being thrown under the wheels.

2. The 500 most dangerous road junctions must be identified, redesigned
or fitted with priority traffic lights for cyclists and Trixi mirrors
that allow (truck) drivers to see cyclists on their near-side.

3. A national audit of cycling to find out how many people cycle in
Britain and how cyclists are killed or injured should be held to
underpin effective cycle safety.

4. Two per cent of the Highways Agency budget should be earmarked for
next generation cycle routes, providing £100 million a year towards
world-class cycling infrastructure. Each year cities should be
graded on the quality of cycling provision. [note: the "2% earmark" seems
akin to our local "Complete Streets" policy].

5. The training of cyclists and drivers must improve and cycle safety
should become a core part of the driving test.

6. 20 mph should become the default speed limit in residential areas
where there are no cycle lanes.

7. Businesses should be invited to sponsor cycleways and cycling super-
highways, mirroring the Barclays-backed bicycle hire scheme in London.

8. Every city, even those without an elected mayor, should appoint a
cycling commissioner to push home reforms.

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1 comment:

  1. I did a bike trip to Europe last summer, and London was definitely one of the more challenging cities to ride in. Hopefully the Olympics will bring some attention to the problem though, and they'll get on improving things.