Conservatives talking about a cycle lane network in Reading

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by another_dave_b, 16 Apr 2008.

  1. Conservatives are making cycling, or rather cycle lanes, an election issue in Reading.

    Quote below taken from the Reading Evening Post:

    I think Reading has a big problem with people cycling on the pavement, so I'm very much in favour of this.

    Where cycle lanes currently exist in Reading, they seem to mostly be 'shared use' pedestrian/cycling paths, and I think that might be contributing to the cycling on the pavement thing, as it creates ambiguity about the rights/wrongs of it.
  2. bobbyp

    bobbyp Senior Member

    Of course shared paths add to the problems, it can actually be difficult to work out why you're supposed to cycle on a bit of narrow pavement but you're not allowed to cycle on a wide pavement.

    Reading does have a problem with cycle access. I live on the west side of town and to get out from the station to my house you either have to go round the town way system (an extra 1/2 mile), cut through the ped precinct or brave a dual carriageway with underpasses and on/off ramps.
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    If they 'get in' and carryout their promise then it will be good for the town, and if it's successful it may also make other towns follow a similar line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    At the risk of going over old ground, cycle lanes are fine if they're fine but given the state of upkeep of many, the impracticality on narrow roads etc they can easily become a menace to cyclists.
    We need a change in car user attitude more than we need cycle lanes which often merely reinforce drivers' beliefs that we shouldn't be on the road in the first place.
  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Agreed with rich_p, cyclists should be on the road, but there is a case for contra flow cycle lanes and shortcuts which save cyclists from lengthy one way systems around towns.
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Yup - cyclists should be able to mix with other traffic easily at city speeds (i.e. 30 limit). There's probably more of a case for (good) provision where speeds exceed that though. I hope people who actually cycle (regularly, not just a Sunday pootle) get a say in what gets put in (assuming the programme goes ahead) and get listened to.
  7. OP

    another_dave_b Guest

    I think perhaps the most important element of the Conservatives proposals is that they are advocating a 'network'.

    Rush hour in Reading is not far off gridlock. Increasing cycling could be a big help in reducing traffic volume, especially I'd say, with 'the school run'.

    Reading is pretty flat, a university town, and has two Sustrans routes running throught it. Developing cycling's potential to improve Reading's traffic situation strikes me as a good idea, that can be implemented pretty quickly.

    The London Cycling Campaign used to sell an AZ type map marked with their suggested cycle network of low traffic routes. As I recall it was essentially a (inner) ring road (like the north/south circular), crossed with a four north/four south routes running from the centre to the outskirts.

    A marked network of 'low traffic' routes would, in my opinion, be a big help in encouraging non-cyclists, and in some cases their parents, that cycling is a perfectly safe option.
  8. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    Sadly it is necessary to keep going over this old ground as long as it takes to get local authorities to start using guidance on cycle friendly infrastructure.

    Cycling England's Design Checklist is well worth printing out and showign to councillors, highways officers etc..
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