horizon wrote:So why do I take the position "ALL ROADS BAD" (for argument's sake, obviously). Because (1) The UK has landscapes and townscapes, like Salisbury for example, that cannot accept by-passes with ease. You simply cannot build one of these by-passes without considerable damage so it isn't a solution.
Salisbury is a good example. A typical once-lovely old British town plagued by through traffic. You cannot tell me that the traffic which presently rumbles through the middle of Salisbury - simply becasue there's no way around the place - is not doing considerable damage to the town and the quality of life of all who live there. So long as all of that traffic has nowhere else to go, there is no possibility of making the town significantly more cycle friendly.
Maybe if we just wait, economic activity in this country will decline so far that the main roads through Salisbury no longer carry anything like as much traffic. Such a state of affairs would also result in an increasing number of Sarumites no longer having any alternative way of getting about than cycling.
Here are the options: (1) continue with a typical British muddle of building a few new roads and squeezing a few crap cyclepaths into existing gaps around them. (2) Go Dutch with lots of new roads and good cyclepaths where the old roads are narrowed and slowed. (3) Go Greek - which is, of course, the destination which option (1) merely prolongs the agony of reaching.