Like a wheel within a wheel

Dutch style roundabout test TfL

Transport Research Laboratory, Bracknell, England, 2013.

Bikes. Transport. Research. England. For the details check out the BBC report.

That’s bikes and transport. Not bikes and sport, or bikes and leisure, or bikes and recreation, or bikes and charity rides, but bikes with a place, and a space, in the transport network.

Just close your eyes for a moment and imagine sailing around Five Ways Roundabout in Witney, or anywhere else you might be trying to ride a bike, without having to mix with the cars, vans, busses, and lorries that are focussed on every other vehicle rather than you. Feeling relaxed? You can open them now.

What’s significant about this is that someone, somewhere, is taking responsibility for the safety of people on bikes. And it’s not just about bikes. Someone, somewhere, is also thinking about taking the stress out of driving around people on bikes.

Which is marvellous, because people can get on with riding their bikes without worrying about how dangerous it might be, or leave the house without worrying about crushing a loved one.

I wonder who’s responsible for the safety of people using bikes in Witney? They must be thrilled too.

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
The modern era of the bike
Continues on apace
Like the circles that you find
Riding rings around your mind

2 thoughts on “Like a wheel within a wheel

  1. dexey

    I saw this and didn’t understand if the cars were going to stop for the cyclists like in Germany where I was always nervous that one of them might be a British driver :0) It’d be good if cyclists had the priority here.

    Reply
    1. Kevin Hickman Post author

      In the picture of that trial mock-up of a dutch roundabout bikes have priority over motor vehicles and pedestrians have priority over both. The ‘shark’s teeth’ (white triangular markings) determine who gives way.

      Andrew Gilligan makes the point in the video that it’s not immediately clear what’s what, but even so it’s safer than a current uk roundabout.

      Reply

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