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

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  • Posted by MartaW February 01, 2021 at 20:52

    I agree, I would love to cycle more to work (when we are allowed back), shopping and with my son to school but it is not safe enough on the roads. There should be proper cycle paths (not shared with cars or pedestrians) that can take you anywhere on the Island. This would also reduce the amount of cars on the roads.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 02, 2021 at 18:16

    "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."

    One thing to note is that proper safe cycle lanes are probably not safe to achieve on our narrow island roads. This will instead cause cyclists to be sectioned off into narrow gutter lanes, with cars thinking its ok to pass directly next to them. A better way to do it would be to have entirely segregated infrastructure, such as the track in St Peter's Valley and utilising the wonderful green lane network to the fullest extent (by banning cars where cyclists should have priority!).

    I am opposed completely to mandated helmet policies. In real cycle countries such as the Netherlands noone wears a helmet. Cycle infrastructure should be designed to negate the need for a helmet. Mandates such as this will only discourage cycling.
  • Posted by RoseAnne February 09, 2021 at 16:37

     I would also add that dedicated sycle lanes need to have priority over roads for cars. At the moment a cyclist on the track from St Brelade to St Peters has to repeatedly give, way/look out for cars on driveways and roads that cross the path. Often these driveways and roads have a yellow line just the other side of the cycle track as they are joining the main road. It would surely not matter to the driver if they had to stop a couple of metres earlier to ;check for cyclists on the track. The same goes for the track up St Peters Valley, and along St Aubins Bay.
    Helmets - I agree that in counties where cycling is prioritised helmets are not needed any more than pedestrians need helmets.
    Pedestrian crossings should also be altered so the traffic stops once the button has been pushed rather than the pedestrian waiting ages for their turn to cross. Also, it seems mad to be allowed to cross only half way across a main road in order to wait on a tiny strip of tarmac between two lanes of traffic having pushed a second button - noone wants to be there, we all want to cross the whole road, not half of it.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 10, 2021 at 16:03

    Definitely agree that cyclists should always have priority over turning main road traffic. Just because they're on the pavement does not mean they're not on the main road as well!

    Also agree with the pedestrian crossing thing. In town centre all the light crossings should be replaced with zebra crossings such as outside Chambers - traffic is moving quite slowly it only being a 20mph and would mean pedestrians have the immediate right to cross - never actually seen a pedestrian use that one!

    Other than that the crossings for example on the Avenue should be push-button but you can immediately push and the lights flick to yellow (as long as they haven't just been red of course). They should also have those countdown timers like they have in London.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 10, 2021 at 16:05

    To add to that, more pedestrian crossings are needed as well! Many villages don't have one: St John, St Peter, Trinity. And there should be more along main roads i.e. along the Inner Road, St Clements Coast Road, Rue des Prés.
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