E-bike vouchers, cycle lanes,
Everyone can get behind electric bicycles; I have yet to meet an individual who is opposed to them in any sense of the word. The challenge is managing infrastructure and expectations as they become more affordable, more common, and take up more real estate on the pavement. As a pedestrian, I am sometimes alarmed at the speed at which cyclists travel along the front. Likewise, while cycling I am often concerned by pedestrians who, seemingly blissfully unaware, step into my path of travel or loose their dogs from the car in the car park only for them to cut across the cycle path, forcing me to brake, hard. The situation on the roadway is no better. The recent case of a 14 being knocked down, in addition to the Christmas death of a local man on the roadside, demonstrate poor driving behaviors and an unwillingness to tolerate all road users.
I would like to see two methods of approach in growing the use of non-motorized transportation:
1. Vouchers or grants in the amount of £1000/bike (not individual) that can be used to purchase any e-bike, from any shop, online, on island or off island. The previous schemes have been sporadic and time limited, not well advertised and cumbersome or prohibitive in a number of ways.
2. Genuine, good faith efforts to carve out dedicated cycle lanes on major island roadways where space and safety permit. It is difficult to fathom that on an island of this size so many cars are on the road, with single passengers and going to town and back daily.
It goes without saying that in conjunction with the above, underground or car park parking for cycles and mandatory helmet policies would be complimentary.
Why the contribution is important
Creating safe spaces for cyclists, away from pedestrians and cars would go a long way to give would be users the confidence to get out and get on a bike. Additionally, unconditional vouchers or grants help lower barriers to entry for the purchase of e-bikes which may be preferable to users with limited mobility, limited access to storage, those facing financial limitations, large families with multiple children or extended relatives, those lacking in confidence in their athletic abilities (who would not be comfortable or confident on a standard bicycle), etc. Increasing the number of people using bicycles as their primary mode of transportation by prioritizing and promoting safety while also incentivizing them to do so is a simple and effective way to reduce the number of cars on the road and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
by christen1984 on February 01, 2021 at 08:28PM