glueman wrote:byegad wrote:For me, the main problem is that almost all cycle lanes are badly executed.
Correct. This debate is dominated by sporting or commited utility cyclists, rather than say, a carer trying to herd three youngsters on bikes from A to B. Would you really rather take kids across a busy interchange than via a stop-start cycleway? I wouldn't. Zero tolerance to cycleways would disenfranchise large sections of the community.
To me, it's not so much that there isn't a place for cycleways - I even use some grotty ones myself - but rather that they are often sold as the ultimate answer.
Like public transport, cycleways should be another part of a real integrated transport solution* - just like much public transport they are currently not so, but, again, like public transport, that doesn't mean that they are a bad idea, just poorly executed.
*available if you want them but not mandatory - be that by law or due to a fear of using the road.
I've been commenting recently on a local scheme. The providers don't seem to know what it is meant to be. IMHO it'd work fine as a leisure route, but they are trying to make out that it is 'all things to all men'. Because of this they are spending on it money that could be used for other things like more cycle parking, better signage, reducing speed limits on popular routes, etc. It also seems to have taken up a good bit of campaigning effort that could have been used elsewhere.