Posted by: Gregory | April 22, 2015

Biking for a better city.

One of the consistent points that we try to make on the Sustainable Wellington Transport blog is that we’re concerned with accessibility and mobility. There are two comments in this post that I’d like to expand on a bit.

“My bicycle serves a purpose. It helps me connect with people and place. I don’t love cycling, but I do love what it offers.”

We have a series of transport tools, starting with our feet and sometimes adding equipment that suits us. Not a single one is the right tool for every situation, but a good mixture of modal support can bring us to an optimum network of access and mobility.

In this frame of mind, the concept of cyclists being a Special Interest Group is farcical. We are all people trying to get places to do activities and accomplish tasks. Whether it be on foot, on bike, on transit or with a car, we are all equal. Of course, we are neither regarded nor funded equally. That’s where the problems start.

“Making cities fit for people is the top priority”

Wheeled Pedestrian Cycling

Hey guys, wait up! Hey guys, wait up!

Riding a bicycle is as easy as walking. Well it can be.  In some enlightened cities around the world that’s how large numbers of the population roll.  Pedestrians on wheels; for those short A to B trips.   You can also ride a bicycle for sports and recreational purposes.

As a child, my friends and I always used bikes.   Our bikes gave us independence and opportunities to range further afield.  When I returned to biking in my adult years it had all changed.  It had all become about, you guessed it, sport and recreation.  I followed the trend (which suggests that there was an element of choice – but there really wasn’t) though I never recall it ever fitting comfortably with me.  I had no interest in kicking tyres and doing the technical talk about equipment, distances and times.

Bikes are a tool to promote…

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  1. I agree that transport is about getting places, and we need a choice of modes, and cycling should become something that is easy and safe, not something that requires high fitness, special clothing, and an expensive bike. One of the problems with the current focus on cycling safety is that a frequent response is to move cyclists onto the footpaths. Which just makes pedestrians unsafe and unhappy. What we need to do is make the streets safe for cycles, by dealing with the risks created by cars. Car parking is the least appropriate use of road space, and a serious danger to cyclists. And we need to treat our streets as public multi-use spaces, and ensure all users behave appropriately. So low speeds, eye contact, etc. Think Jan Gehl type streets.


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