Model – Comments about the VicRoads Survey
The comment below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #31, 9 October 2007. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport.
More on the VicRoads Survey
It is interesting that VicRoads did a survey on Copenhagen-style bike paths and I would love to see it. I can’t speak about Copenhagen but I did spend some time in Randers, a city further north in Denmark, and found that the three level road system – pedestrian, bike, car – was great! Can’t imagine any egative impacts for pedestrians, as cyclists have their own path so none of the problems that arise with shared bike/pedestrian paths. The fact that the paths are at different levels I think also probably helps avoid the problem of cyclists and pedestrians straying onto each others paths, which I’ve encountered in other places. It does of course mean pedestrians have to look out for bikes first, then cars, when crossing roads, but they do anyway on normal roads, and with the separated paths you know what you’re looking for on each path – no problem with bikes appearing out of a mass of cars. I reckon the thing about the separated path system is that it clarifies things and makes everyone feel, and be, safer. I suspect this makes it easier for a wider variety of age groups to cycle, with obvious health benefits. Also it means that people who would otherwise be car drivers are now cyclists, or have family members etc who are, so that they are more careful and sympathetic to the needs of cyclists.
Thanks to Kerry Dawborn for this item.