Bikes

My favourite suggestion is the provision of excellent cycle facilities, along with appropriate legislation (lower speed-limits, and collision regulations that favour cyclists, for example). Figure 20.12 shows a roundabout in Enschede, Netherlands. There are two circles: the one for cars lies inside the one for bikes, with a comfortable car's length separating the two. The priority rules are the same as those of a British roundabout, except that cars exiting the central circle must give way to circulating cyclists (just as British cars give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings). Where excellent cycling facilities are provided, people will use them, as evidenced by the infinite number of cycles sitting outside the Enschede railway station (figure 20.13).

Somehow, British cycle provision (figure 20.14) doesn't live up to the Dutch standard.

Figure 20.13. A few Dutch bikes.

Figure 20.14. Meanwhile, back in Britain...

Photo on right by Mike Armstrong.

Figure 20.14. Meanwhile, back in Britain...

Photo on right by Mike Armstrong.

In the French city of Lyon, a privately-run public bicycle network, Velo'v, was introduced in 2005 and has proved popular. Lyon's population of 470 000 inhabitants is served by 2000 bikes distributed around 175 cycle-stations in an area of 50 km2 (figure 20.15). In the city centre, you're usually within 400 metres of a cycle-station. Users join the scheme by paying a subscription fee of €10 per year and may then hire bicycles free for all trips lasting less than 30 minutes. For longer hire periods, users pay up to €1 per hour. Short-term visitors to Lyon can buy one-week subscriptions for €1.

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