BRING BACK THE BIKE - NEW MOVES IN BRITAIN

The authors review the upsurge in bicycle usage and consequently in experimental schemes in Britain following the 1973 oil crisis. Setbacks followed with the abandoning of schemes in Portsmouth and Balham following the change of political party in local elections. However figures show that bicycle use for journeys to work is still on the increase and progress is being made in many countries to make cycling safer. One of the latest approaches is the "software" method. Instead of constructing cycle tracks (as was done alongside arterial roads in Britain in the 1950'S), existing secondary roads are being used to build up an alternative network of cycle routes which coincides as little as possible with the main roads used by motor traffic while offering similar direct links. The UK government is criticised for doing little to encourage local authorities to experiment in the field (apart from the TRRL which has carried out a number of studies). One of the biggest obstacles to experimentation by local authorities is the large amount of law which is confused, contradictory and is in need of clarification.

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  • Authors:
    • Hudson, M
    • MULLER, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-11-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 348-9
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 80
    • Issue Number: 1127
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM