The Edinburgh examples below all date back 5-15 years. They were a huge advance, they were just politically achievable at the time, they have raised cycle use, and they still retain much value [imagine what those roads would be like if they were removed!] Now, however, with higher levels of cycle use in the city, it is time and politically realistic to experiment more boldly and reallocate more of the road to car-free cycling space, as a few other towns in the UK are starting to try. For example…
Brighton, Old Shoreham Road – segregated lanes experimental scheme
1990’s – 2000’s
Like everything, there is good and bad, and it’s always great fun to highlight the bad [as in the Crap Cycle Lanes book]. But if any of the examples below were removed, there’d be a riot! [picture sources in square brackets]
9805 Uphill on the Mound [Dave du Feu]
Uphill past the queuing traffic. A much better environment for walkers and buggies too – less noise, less fumes, less annoyance and no splashing on wet days. Altogether a much nicer place to enjoy Edinburgh, whether by bike or on foot. Just imagine what it was like before – cycling or walking – especially when the queue included buses and lorries.
AFTER… 0606 Old Dalkeith Road 2006 [Michael Eddleston]
After our campaign to remove parked cars. Note the car giving an almost ridiculously wide berth to the cyclist in the red cycle lane!
BEFORE… 0506 Old Dalkeith Road 2005 [Chris Hill]
Some people say councils put in bike lanes because it’s easier than banning car parking. Not true here! The fact that cars were blocking the bike lane was the very argument we and the hospital bike user group used to get parking banned. Without the bike lane, chances are that the parking would still be here.
0011 Teviot Place [Dave du Feu]
Emphasising to emerging motor traffic that bikes may come past – plus a lead-in lane further on for right-turning bikes. Well used and well loved! [designed by Edinburgh Council, funded by Sustrans Millennium money]