Funding urged for segregated cycling

March 14 2018  

Funding urged for segregated cycling
Cyclists should be given their own segregated routes beside single carriageway A roads, which are currently not safe for those travelling by bike, according to road safety organisation Brake.
 
Results of a recent survey carried out by the group alongside insurer Direct Line show that 58% of drivers believe 60MPH speed limits are too fast to assure the safety of cyclists on these roads.
 
When asked how single carriageway A roads could be improved, 53% called for segregated cycle paths, separated from the road by a raised kerb or grass verge, or following a different but equally direct route. This option was chosen over expanding the roads themselves to become dual carriageway, or a ‘do nothing’ approach.
 
“We echo the call from drivers and urge the Government to prioritise investment in safe, segregated cycle routes in the upcoming second Road Investment Strategy,” said Brake’s director of campaigns Joshua Harris.
 
“These routes should be well maintained, well lit and pleasant to travel upon without hindrance, and, crucially, be direct, rather than meandering routes more fitting for weekend leisure purposes,” he told TP Weekly News.
 
Just over a third of respondents to the survey said a fully segregated cycle route would persuade them to consider cycling more often on single carriageway A roads. Meanwhile 18% said they would be persuaded by a wider road with a painted line to mark a cycle lane from the lane for motorised traffic.
 
Joshua Harris added: “Getting more people cycling is a win-win for the Government, delivering both personal and public health benefits. Contrary to popular opinion, our survey shows that the majority of drivers are willing to switch modes and cycle if safe facilities are available.”
 
The survey results come in the same week that the Government launched a call for evidence on cycle safety, as part of a review that aims to encourage more people to take up active modes of travel.
 
Evidence is invited – drawing on experience from the UK or other countries – that can be used to shape future policy decisions, from improved infrastructure to road user education.
 
Cycling UK chief executive Paul Tuohy said: “We have long campaigned for a review of all road safety laws and enforcement, so it is encouraging that these points will be considered in the call for evidence.”
 
Sustrans chief executive Xavier Brice said: “Safety concerns are some of the greatest barriers to more people choosing to walk and cycle and we are pleased that the review is seeking to make it easier for everyone to travel on foot or by bike, and recognises the wide benefits that active travel brings to individuals and societies.”
 
♦ The Department for Transport has also recently published a report recommending that there is a case for introducing a new offence for death or injury caused by dangerous cycling. This would bring cycling into line with serious driving offences.

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