fatboy wrote:As a near daily user of Stevenage cycle paths and following discussions at Wednesday night CTC I can provide a comment or three!
1. The cycle paths are good, not too glass strewn (Harlow was much worse) but do have a strange parallel feel about them
2. You have to know your way to not get horribly lost
3. The roads are considered good (Dual carriageway etc) however hearing the every morning moan about traffic life isn't so great in paradise!
4. Stevenage as a town is very working class who (perhaps stereotypically) see a car as "having arrived" and bike old fashioned. I don't think that it's too controversial to say that cycling is quite middle classes
So I don't think that Stevenage is such a simple case for dismissing cycle lanes however given its perceived lack of success the case is weakened certainly.
Hardly frequent the lanes when I go into St.evenage, however several points you missed.
They meander, the roads are pretty much in nice straight lines, it's less easy to cycle to get to places than it is to drive. Have you
They have in places quite steep inclines, especially coming out of the underpasses or turning points which means unless you have a really low bottom gear/strong rider they are a bugger to get up at times.
people wander onto the cycling part frequently, especially at school kicking out times.
the underpasses, a less inviting place to want to cycle through you would not find.
The other problem is that once off the main cycle tracks there's nothing, so you end up having to cycle around the long way through the estates putting up with drivers close passing you, speeding and all the usual BS.
my home city of Hull has a higher modal share for cycling than Stevenage, it most definitely is working class and it has next to zero off road cycling infra, none that are really of any use/safe.