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Caroline Dove




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  • Comment on: Profession reacts: make London safer for cyclists

    Caroline Dove's comment 17 April, 2015 9:18 pm

    Moira's death is a tragedy and a chilling reminder of our fragility as road-users.

    Cycling in London would be much improved if the roads we cycle on are kept in excellent repair. Swerving to avoid pot-holes, hazards and uneven surfaces does not promote safe cycling. So Boris, TfL and local councils please consider the quality of road repair and maintenance - it's a life-threatening street before you have even dodged a bus or lorry.

    Yes, cyclists should be law abiding, and not jump lights, but a 'turn left on a red light, if safe' would help a lot.

    In many boroughs the speed limit is 20mph - yet there are significant number of racing demons who are intent on breaking their land-speed record, and put many pedestrians and cyclists at risk including themselves. Cyclistsshould observe the speed limit at least where there are other road users.

    I do think pavements are safe option for cyclists in busy locations providing they share and go slowly. There are so many incomprehensible one-way systems and fearfully busy main streets, that the occasional sharing is a much better option. You take up less room on a bike than walking with one along the pavement anyway, as long as you cycle very slowly and are not a hazard to others. And for wide pavements zoning is possible - cyclists next to the road, pedestrians inside.

    One-way streets should be used by cyclists going the 'wrong' way. This works in Dijon, a large town in France, and no doubt many other towns and cities in Europe where they accommodate cyclists. There are signs to indicate this so cars can expect to meet a cyclist coming the other way. Most of the one-way streets I encounter on my route to work are very wide and empty and only one-way to satisfy peace-loving residents (who all seem to own cars which are left parked in the street). A cyclist is a peaceful road user and should be encouraged to make use of available quiet routes.

    Caroline Dove
    cycling in London since 1965