andrewk wrote:Ill conceived, OTT and likely to exacerbate ill feeling between cyclists and motorists. Yet another crazy idea from the anti car luddites. Encouraging and facilitating cycling ought not to rely upon hampering others, fortunately this proposal would be massively unpopular and thus require brave politicians to enact.
Nothing wrong in calling it crazy, but this idea, it seems, originated from a consultation document issued by the Department for Transport
5.13 We will be taking forward the opportunity to trial the “Cycle Streets” concept within the revised TSRGD. This is a bold initiative, which is being considered by some of the Cycle Cities and London, possibly including a ban on overtaking on lightly trafficked roads where cycle flows are high. Subject to any scheme trial, this prohibition could be accompanied by an advisory speed limit of 15 mph.
(The document linked to from the Guardian article). I wouldn't call the DfT 'anti-car-luddites'. Not yet, at any rate...