THE FUTURE OF THE BICYCLE IN A MODERN SOCIETY

London, despite its vast area has an average daily journey to work of under three miles, with a maximum average speed falling as low as 10 mph. This journey is short enough to be undertaken using a pedal cycle. In a simple example it is demonstrated that if all parts of a journey are considered, i.e. preparation, main journey, and completion, in an urban environment, the pedal cycle has a shorter journey time than a car for journeys up to about 1 1/2 miles. However, as accident figures indicate, in mixed traffic the cyclist is rather vulnerable. Cycles have effectively been separated from motor vehicles in stevenage, the first of the new towns. A description of this cycleway system is given. Using, as an example a simple grid pattern of roads it is shown how cyclists could be separated from other vehicles in an existing town, without disrupting bus services or access traffic. Given cycleways, the bicycle will be able to free large towns from traffic congestion and also reduce accidents. /TRRL/

  • Authors:
    • Clayton, E C
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00097775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM