Of all the different transport modes, cycling is the one which has the most potential to grow, yet which is also the most misunderstood. Creating transport planning projects which don’t just cater for cycling, but which allow it to flourish presents developers with a huge opportunity to capitalise on all the benefits of cycling, including increased mobility, reduced local traffic and benefits to general health. An effective cycling policy should be aimed at all potential users, and not just confident cyclists. Best practice for cycling development includes the removal of through traffic from local streets (also known as filtered permeability), combined with usage of properly segregated cycle paths on major roads, and the usage of green corridors (linear parks) where they are available.
Developing safe streets goes well beyond just facilitating cycling, because enhanced accessibility also provides a huge range of benefits for disabled users, whether they have a physical disability or one which is hidden. Safe streets for cycling are also safe for playing, and they are also a great deal more pleasant to live on, because residents are not disturbed by regular fast moving traffic.
I have extensive experience of successful cycling development policies, both locally in the UK and also from best practice in the Netherlands. If you would like further information about cycling development, please use the contact form on the right.