20 August 2010

Where There's a Will, There's a Cycle Way

Where there's a will, there's a cycle way
More playing around. Displacement activities make the world go 'round.

Bas from Cycling Evolution sent me this photo:

Taken at the Stasi Museum in Berlin and "reflecting a world of (eco)resistance in the DDR period", as Bas put it. It inspired me to whip together the poster above. It reads "Where there's a will, there's a cycle way."


ndru said...

This summs it all up nicely. Shame then in some places- like london there is now will. In turn cyclists are being squeezed in a non existing space between cars and pedestrians and conflicts start to arise. Perhaps you could pop into London and give the LCC and CTC vehicular cyclists a good talking to? :)

Mark said...

^ Further to ndru's comment, Mikael, if you ever do fancy popping over the water to London and setting the place on fire you will let us know, won't you?

Anonymous said...

Mr Colville-Andersen, further to the comments of my brothers, the UK automobile lobby would thoroughly enjoy your visit!

We are prepared to make a deal with various organisations to support more substantial cycling infrastructure as long as cars retain most of the space - exclusive space! - just as they do on the major roads in your beloved city.

Yes, we most certainly want to make sure that cyclists cannot use the car-designated parts on roads - perhaps you have some advice to support that? From a friend in the States I have heard that you said that cyclists in Copenhagen don't whine about the manner in which, e.g., they must make left hand turns on major streets.

Clearly, cyclists and pedestrians - and of course children - would benefit if the roads were carfree - with protected lanes only for buses and emergency vehicles, and with certain times when slow-moving delivery vehicles could work - but that kind of paradise seems politically impossible now in both our countries, so lets implement infrastructure - and a passive mindset! - to make it even more impossible in future.

Lord Jaguar,
UK Automobile Lobby

ndru said...

Lord Jaguar, I don't think it should work this way. Perhaps it's time that the space reserved for cars was given up for cyclists. If you think about it there's not even a remote possibility that cities can accommodate all the cars, hence traffic jams and problems with parking. Giving cars yet more space will not solve the problem, as more and more people buy cars not seeing a viable alternative. It's a bit of social engeneering - inconvenience those whe drive and make it convenient for them to use a different mode of transport - bicycle. While roads will be becoming narrower because of segragated cycle paths build in place of an existing lanes, car traffic will be slower and slower; people in cars will be able to see people on bikes wizzing past, getting there on time and getting fitter. I can bet that many people would hop on a bike if they felt safe and convenient on the roads.
The vehicular approach has failed misserably, and doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is little short of madness.

Anonymous said...

My dear ndru, perhaps you misunderstood, but no - my apologies! - I shall endeavor to explain this better:

If I was a kind, reasonable, creative and truly independent person interested in not only A-to-B efficiency but also real environmental sustainability I would support a plan which - let's use Copenhagen as an example - in the first stage preserves separated infrastructure BUT also lets cyclists use the other parts of a slowed down street (from 50mph to 40mph at least - terribly sorry I do not know the Continental equivalents), and allows those on the separated areas to easily merge, e.g. for turning. I would also bring trams back to the Danish capital -- on wider streets these would travel in dedicated lanes also used by emergency vehicles.

The effect of this would be to give cyclists all they have now and more at the expense of drivers, inconveniencing the latter not just through capacity --but also speed.

This should also serve as one model for cities which have already spent considerable funds on relatively narrow paths or others planning to do the same.

In addition to preserving motor/non-motor separation by choice rather than mandate, it separates fast from slow cyclists.

ndru! Think of how much fun it is to dance in the street, rather than just march. Cyclists need to be expected everywhere!

The second stage gradually moves towards my vision in the final paragraph of my previous comment. I should add that the existing separated paths could be preserved for children or slow cyclists, or another layer could be cheaply added to bring them up to the level of the pavements, making the latter wider.

Cities without infrastructure may want to take inspiration from both stages.

Thank you for your hard work!

- Lord Jag