Bicycling: and London

The UK’s Independent newspaper has an article about cycling in London (link). It says that “The mayor of London has announced a billion-pound plan to revolutionise cycling in the capital in what could be seen as a model for urban transport across Britain”.

One TfL report says the average daytime traffic speed is 8.8 miles/hr. A cyclist who uses London’s roads, writing in 2006, said

On a daily cycling commute to & from work in London, my priorities rank safety above speed or journey time. Yet with little exertion, not trying too hard, I still rate better than the 9 mph car average.

So travelling by bike shouldn’t take longer than by car. Good if London can pull it off, although I would be worried about safety – and also interested to see if the city’s bicycle facilities are designed for standard two-wheel bikes or for a wider range of “design vehicles”.

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Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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