Transport Planners please take note

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Transport Planners please watch this.

Re-blogging this from a friend in NE Lincolnshire

The video shows some pretty dangerous situations that cyclists in the UK have to deal with on a daily basis.
Although the examples are pretty shocking, they are far from unusual.

I think the video speaks for itself and calls for better infrastructure to protect the most vulnerable road users.
The guy in the last shot was actually riding on one of London’s cycle super-highway, and clearly shows how a dab of blue paint on the road does nothing to protect people on bikes.

Look here to compare with how the Dutch deal with HGVs.

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7 thoughts on “Transport Planners please take note

    wielemalin said:
    November 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    If cyclists deal with this on a daily basis and still aren’t dead then it’s not terribly dangerous. The large vehicles pass close to the cyclists, but I’m not seeing what they should have done differently.

      waltonharry responded:
      November 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Cyclists do deal with this on a daily basis and an increasing number of people on bikes ARE dying (six dead in two weeks – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24989985). The large vehicles pass far too close to the cyclists, they should have waited for more appropriate times/places to overtake.

        wielemalin said:
        December 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        They seem to have overtaken on a straight road. Isn’t that the best place to overtake? What better places are there?

        waltonharry responded:
        December 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        See: https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-to-203/overtaking-162-to-169 – 163 “give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car”

        and also: http://ukcyclelaws.blogspot.co.uk/p/overtaking-cyclists.html

        wielemalin said:
        December 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm

        That seems a very good rule for cyclists, but I can’t help but feel that if drivers obeyed it they would often be stuck behind bicycles for upwards of five minutes. If this were to happen, certainly it would be a greater incentive for country-wide cycle paths, but as it stands it seems horridly impractical for the car-users. Personally, I’ve had upwards of twenty cars behind me while I’m cycling. Most are good about it and wait patiently until I can pull over to let them pass, but it seems a little demanding that they should never overtake until the next lane is completely clear, especially while it’s windy, potentially limiting weaker cyclists to around fifteen miles per hour.

    bikingchandlervero said:
    November 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    That’s wild! I thought we had it bad here in Tempe, Arizona…. but our bike lanes are a bit wider… If I lived in London I think I would ride on the sidewalk… that’s scary! Good luck and stay safe!

      waltonharry responded:
      November 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Hey, thanks for the support! It’s pretty wild on the roads over here these days, but I’m hoping for some big changes in the coming years. WATCH THIS SPACE

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