Something to watch: How to build a city around bikes, fast…

A useful video here from Bloomberg CityLab. It’s a compelling yet relentless dump of facts and graphics in support of investment in cycling, along with case studies from around the world.

It also focusses on why cities like London have little choice but to invest in cycling. Well worth taking ten minutes out to watch.

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  1. Gavin – will you cast your eye on the Cathays Terr – Allansbank road cycleway proposal?
    The design for Allansbank is surely a bad solution.
    The structure I’d choose is like that on Maes y Coed Rd. A hefty kerb plus wands, keeping vehicles off, unlike the low kerb for Allansbank. The kerbs are wider, so a pedestrian has a place to stand and wait while crossing.
    The Bus Stop is a problem – in the consultation map they put it blocking the cycleway, bikes passing behind to share the footway. This goes against the rules (or very low option) in the new AT guidance.
    Access to the side roads (many of them) is problematic – cyclists would prefer to use the UHW hospital turn and the back road next to the park.

    What about an alternative – scrap the footway alongside the cemetery to give space for turns to side road, adequate Bus shelter and linking footway wide enough for a disabled person (or guide-dog) as in the Guidance. Use the wide kerb for crossing to/from the bus island and turning cyclists.
    This may involve giving 0.5m for pavement widening on the west (housing) side; build this into the junctions at least, if there’s not sufficient funds for the whole pavement.
    The alternative is to set back a section of the Cemetery fence to make space for the bus stop. But that still leaves the problem of pedestrians crossing the cycleway.
    Perhaps abolishing the pavement next to the cemetery railing will get too much opposition?
    Are there not problems with/for pedestrians on other sections, with the new model for inclined crossings of the highway, light-controlled ? Do you know if that design is in guidance?


    1. Hi Max, I’ll try to take a look soon. At first glance I’d say it was interesting to see them take this approach, rather than try to tackle the roundabout at the end of Fairoak Road. It’s arguably more direct this way and more visible than if they tried to link up Allensbank Road. It is the route I use when I feel like a change from the Taff Trail. The crossing will also be an interesting test, as I don’t think we have any of those yet.


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