It appears cycle lanes are a scorching matter proper now (Gazette Letters, January 5, “Simply put biking as an alternative”).
As somebody who’s a bicycle owner, pedestrian, bus consumer and a motorist, it is vitally tough to strike the precise stability.
Folks must have the selection to make use of no matter type of transport they need.
Subsequently if individuals select to cycle, then cycle lanes ought to be there for them to make use of to allow them to get from A to B as safely and rapidly as doable.
Failure for this to be the case is a type of discrimination.
There are much more cyclists than wheelchair customers and but wheelchair customers have battled (rightly so) for equality and being discriminated in opposition to.
For some individuals a motorcycle is their solely type of transport, ie: Children who’ve simply left college, or others who’ve medical causes as to why they won’t be granted a drivers licence.
In the meanwhile cycle lanes are very fragmented, which is why there usually are not many individuals utilizing them.
Nonetheless when a correct cycle community of lanes are constructed and so they all hyperlink up, extra individuals will use them as they may really feel safer.
Lots of people is not going to cycle attributable to them not feeling protected on their bikes, subsequently those that can drive, will use a automotive and add to the congestion and air pollution.
Once we come into city, we don’t wish to sit in a great deal of visitors losing time and gas, solely to seek out the automotive parks are full after which sit in additional visitors queuing up for the subsequent automotive park hoping to get an area after which having to hurry again to the automotive earlier than the ticket runs out.
Each my spouse and I used our bikes each day to commute to work as lots of people do in all weathers.
For my spouse it was ten miles every means which solely took her ten minutes longer than it did by automotive attributable to all of the visitors.
Somebody urged we must always all get off the roads and go and sit on a static bike and be part of the health club to maintain match so we don’t maintain up the visitors!
If that’s the case, then does that particular person additionally really feel the necessity to get rid of all pedestrian crossings as these maintain up visitors as properly!
Folks surprise why cyclists trip on the pavements, however with all of the negatives and abuse from motorists, together with shut calls, some at occasions really feel it’s the solely various.
Pedestrians don’t need us on pavements and motorist don’t need us on the roads, so the one reply is for us to have our personal cycle community to make use of.
Mill Lane, Colchester