Whilst considering the previous post regarding the Strand I read an article on road.ccwhich inspired me to conduct a little experiment. The Strand is the best, most direct route, from one side of the city to the other, but it is also treacherous and when it comes time to argue for a segregated cycle path alongside the Strand I’m sure we’ll be told, what about this or that other route, because people planning cycle routes will send cyclists all over the place to prevent having to actually put in a safe cycle path. So I set myself an experiment, the premise of which is – I am an office worker living near the Marina where there are lots of flats at the south end of the Strand, I work in an office in the commercial district, Old Hall St is the centre of the commercial district. If I want to commute to or from work each day, which route should I take? There were just two rules
Do not break the law.
- Do not dismount.
So no riding on the pavement except shared use, no running red lights, and remain on the bike at all times, as cyclists should never be expected to dismount as we don’t expect car drivers to get out and push. Route 1 – Sustrans For time saving only this leg was done in reverse though it turned out the wind was following me in this direction and it felt much easier.
2.88km in 11min 20s
Route 3 – The Strand
Cycling in the city will only take off when routes like the Strand are turned in to places people can happily, safely cycle. They should not be 8 lanes wide with no cycle path, they should not have luscious green central reservations while cyclists risk death and injury. The developers of the Strand have only one question to ask themselves “Would I let my children cycle along here?” If they can’t answer it ‘Yes’ then they aren’t doing their jobs.