I found this video on the world-wide-web some weeks ago and I still do not exactly understand the reasons why not designing the cycling highways in a safer way but on the surface.
May be it would boost cycling for longer trips and passing next to the London Eye would give a magnificent position for cycling in general. But high-rising ideas can result in unsustainable implementations, though the concept is interesting but additional projects need to extend the main network’s attraction area by increasing the citizens’ perceived level of safety. Restrict motorized traffic step-by-step to fight against its side effects.
The video is not that fresh but presents the typical issues perceived in the USA. “Bad cyclists” and even worse drivers, the issue of wearing a helmet or not, too much motorised traffic… Consider the people who are riding; you will hardly find children or elderly people on these roads, although in my opinion this is quite normal. When cycling reminds you to a battle for survival than you need strong, young, brave and smart people to prove justification of bicycles, as a mean of transportation. So guys, keep pedaling and improvements will come soon or later!
I do have some personal experiences about cycling in a metropolis and that could be concluded like a good urban cyclist is equipped by many of the skills of the yedis. You can ride with car traffic easily if you pedal strong and only when you are fully aware of what’s going on around you. This personal ‘radar skill’ can be improved over time but if you are thinking about riding the first time than I highly recommend you to check some ‘education video’ from London (videos by Gaz545 and Veloevol).
No matter if you are riding a bike or driving a school bus! Always keep in mind that we share the road and that it is your responsibility to avoid most of the hazards of traffic.
Never forget, sharing is caring !-)