At the weekend, I went on a tour of Glasgow’s Central Station, which gives access to some of the hidden areas below the station, and covers some of the 130-odd year history of the station.
As someone who walks and cycles a lot, I support plans for more widespread implementation of 20mph zones in our towns and cities. These should primarily be a place for people, and not dominated by motor vehicles.
Pedal on Parliament recently put together a piece to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which I volunteered a graphic to illustrate. I am delighted to say this was widely re-shared on social media, but that is not the point of this post.
These depressing statistics illustrate that there is an increasing likelihood of serious injury or death for pedestrians and cyclists who are unfortunate enough to be hit by fast moving vehicles. In addition to (hopefully rare) crashes, it is also rather unpleasant to have vehicles constantly speeding past you when on a bike, on foot, and presumably when in a wheelchair.
Do we really need so many cars, vans, and lorries thundering through town centres? Especially when these are then parked (either legally or illegally) on narrow roads blocking access for bikes, pedestrians, wheelchairs, pushchairs, etc.
With the so called summer now here (although you wouldn’t know it from the weather) I’ve been getting out on my bike a bit more. I’ve also read a few articles on cycling infrastructure that were interesting and resonated with my experience. Continue reading “Cycling in cities”