A couple of video’s of some new cycle lanes in Sheffield. These have been built in the past couple of weeks.
Let’s be honest, you’d have to be insane to think that this is even remotely safe.
This road has 6 lanes for driving, one for parking, 4 for driving along and one for turning. The people in charge have decided that the best place for people cycling is in-between parked cars, and traffic.
A much better place would be behind the parked cars, between the footpath and the parking bays. Why not do it like this?
We’re all taught to leave plenty of room when cycling past parked cars in case a door opens and you get knocked into the path of heavy traffic. But why are our roads even designed with this being a possibility? Swap the lanes around, put the cycle lane behind parked cars and this risk just goes away.
If a door opens you fall onto the pavement instead of in front of a truck. But it’s easier to avoid this and cycle further away because cycling away from car doors in this arrangement doesn’t mean cycling in the way of heavy traffic!
We need to start thinking differently, start making small changes and start to design our roads like this.