Zamfir wrote:Can you post some pictures (or street view links) of roads that are incompatible?
That'd be my question too. I also have my own answer (that when roads get too optimised for high-speed traffic
, they get given incompatabilities with cycling, rather than just lack designed-in compatibility features1
) but a basic, reasonably well-maintained road should not be considered out-of-bounds to any
road vehicle use.
Motorway restrictions (~2,000 miles out of ~245,000 miles, in the UK) obviously disbar cyclists, and I wouldn't ride on them. And there are very select stretches of major A-roads with specific restrictions applied, but I'd be more than willing to use a majority of the the 30,000 miles of A-roads. Aside from th swathes of 'near-Motorway' design used in major trunk A-roads, the traditional main road and the >200,000 miles of B, C and U-roads suffer not from bad road design, but driver behaviour.1
Which is not to say that features can't still be added, but directing cyclists to mount the footway shortly before every junction, instruct them to dismount to cross each side-road and then bringing them back onto the road afterwards 'lacks something', when it's far easier (if you can trust the other traffic to do as they are supposed to) to just ride along the road (or on the green/red-coloured metre-strip, if necessary) with all the right of way of a normal vehicle. Additional segregation doesn't help drivers appreciate that bicycles, horses, etc are as legitimate users of the road as they, for all the hundreds of thousands of miles where there is
no 'special provision'. (I hope I'm in tune with you on this, HES. Obviously I've been 'on the road' , man and boy (and bike and car and pedestrian and occasionally even minibus or white van) for a number of decades, and I've seen (for example) the A1 turn from safe enough to ride on (but still busy, relative to other roads) to something only marginally short of a two-lane motorway (especially including the now 'seemless' transition from A1(M) to A1, at various points, where the major traffic island junction has been transformed into a straight-through-with-sliproads-and-overpass junction that means drivers may not even realise that they're not now under Motorway rules and conditions) that has seen a number of cycle fatalities from SMIDSY drivers of car and lorries alike. (That's a "cyclists designed out
" road, if I ever saw one...)
(I'm talking from a UK perspective here, but apart from Motorways, specifically, and individually regulated special cases, there's no such thing as an 'automobile road'. Indeed, the widest definition of 'road' or 'highway' includes footpaths, bridleways and drovers' trails, down which the more modern motor vehicle has no, or limited, permission to travel. But I'll happily just refer to all metalled carriageways publicly (or toll-wise) maintined, for simplicity.)