News & Discussion: Cycling

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Simmos083 wrote:Why have stupid bike lanes which drive everyone crazy, we need better roads for cars, trains and trams. Money can spent a lot better investing in this, roads are for cars not Tour De France wannabes
Why not better roads for horse and carts?
Let's get these roads back to what they were built for right?!
Road widths are all wrong, the slip lanes are too short to get my cart into.
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Simmos083 wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:51 am
Why have stupid bike lanes which drive everyone crazy, we need better roads for cars, trains and trams. Money can spent a lot better investing in this, roads are for cars not Tour De France wannabes
Building better cycling infrastructure is actually a lot more cost effective than building infrastructure for cars trains and trams. A lot of the time all that is required to improve cycling infrastructure is to paint a few lines on the road. Cycling infrastructure can be a much more effective way of reducing congestion than more car lanes, because, as others have already pointed out, bikes take up far less space on the roads.

We should be doing everything we can to encourage people to ride bikes rather than drive cars. Such a change would be entirely positive. More people riding bikes and less people driving cars would mean people would be healthier, there would be less dangerous accidents, our air would be cleaner, our contribution to climate change would be less, and the amenity of the city would be improved by the reduced noise, pollution and improved safety. There are really no negatives to encouraging people to choose cycling over driving.

As people have already pointed out, roads are not "for cars". Roads are for moving people around the city. If using more road space for cycling results in us being able to move people around the city more effectively, then that is what we should do.
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dbl96 wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:30 pm
Simmos083 wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:51 am
Why have stupid bike lanes which drive everyone crazy, we need better roads for cars, trains and trams. Money can spent a lot better investing in this, roads are for cars not Tour De France wannabes
Building better cycling infrastructure is actually a lot more cost effective than building infrastructure for cars trains and trams. A lot of the time all that is required to improve cycling infrastructure is to paint a few lines on the road. Cycling infrastructure can be a much more effective way of reducing congestion than more car lanes, because, as others have already pointed out, bikes take up far less space on the roads.

We should be doing everything we can to encourage people to ride bikes rather than drive cars. Such a change would be entirely positive. More people riding bikes and less people driving cars would mean people would be healthier, there would be less dangerous accidents, our air would be cleaner, our contribution to climate change would be less, and the amenity of the city would be improved by the reduced noise, pollution and improved safety. There are really no negatives to encouraging people to choose cycling over driving.

As people have already pointed out, roads are not "for cars". Roads are for moving people around the city. If using more road space for cycling results in us being able to move people around the city more effectively, then that is what we should do.
Exactly.

My wife and I live within a few k's of town, and will often ride our bikes in (although I've mostly fallen out of the habit in the past year partially because parts of the ride feel precarious).

The alternative is often car, or taxi/uber. Those latter two add a heck of a lot more congestion on the road than a couple of push bikes.
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DIT have notified residents around Goodwood Station that there will be "Geotechnical investigations" over the next few days. Could this be a revival of the bike path over the Seaford and Belair lines?
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