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Letter: We Need Better Cycling Infrastructure

Published on: 16 May, 2023
Updated on: 16 May, 2023

Comfortable two seater on the bike ride. Photo by Mandy Millyard.

From: Chloe Sutcliffe

In response to: 300 Children and Adults Ride Through Guildford Calling for Safe Cycle Routes

Speaking as one of the ride organisers, we were particularly impressed that there was such a high turnout given the forecast for heavy rain that morning. It shows that families in Guildford are happy to cycle, even in the rain, and that supporting the call for the provision of safer cycling infrastructure was important enough for many to brave the weather.

Cycling is great fun and also a great way for kids and grown-ups to get to and from school and around the local neighborhood without getting stuck in traffic, or becoming part of the traffic!

We just need better infrastructure to feel safe enough to be able to bike around with confidence.

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Responses to Letter: We Need Better Cycling Infrastructure

  1. John Perkins Reply

    May 16, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    It’s fine as long as cyclists pay for it.

  2. Mike Smith Reply

    May 16, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    I expect it will come out of general taxation, just as the funding for car infrastructure does.

  3. Pat Gallagher Reply

    May 19, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    The case of Auriol Grey in Huntingdon is a very sad one; convicted of the manslaughter of a cyclist she confronted, as a pedestrian on a pavement, who then fell into the path of a car. (Auriol Grey: Huntingdon cyclist killer fails in appeal bid – BBC News)

    Perhaps the greatest lesson to be taken away from this case is that shared lanes for cyclists and pedestrians bring about a risk to both, especially when they are in close proximity to a traffic carriageway. The recent update to the Highway Code requires vehicles to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from cyclists when overtaking, but do drivers expect dedicated cycle lanes to guarantee this?

    Hopefully, when the designers of better cycling infrastructure are doing their stuff, they will keep this in mind.

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