Promote the use of bicycles

More can be done to make cycling a preferred and safe method of travel in Jersey. We still have very few bike lanes, those we do have do not link up well. Cycling to school should be encouraged, as well as cycle to work schemes. Workplaces and public spaces should have safe storage for bikes.

Why the contribution is important

Cycling is good for well-being and good for the planet. 
It reduces congestion, reduces emissions and is a perfect solution to transport problems in Jersey. 
 

by Ellie on February 15, 2021 at 01:23PM

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  • Posted by TKHathaway February 15, 2021 at 14:09

    While promoting cycling is good for all the reasons you mention, there is a cost-benefit situation here to take into account. Modifying the road network can be relatively expensive and difficult to widen Jerseys narrow roads to add parallel cycle lanes without encroaching onto private property.

    Also even if you had the 'perfect cycle network' there would still be conditions and times where people will have to, or choose to drive. Bad weather, and shopping being the main two. Therefore I feel calls for 'more cycle lanes' are not an 'efficient' solution to reducing greenhouse gases, particle production and traffic noise.

    I feel money would be better spent on things like ensuring all children learn to ride a bicycle, and things like places where people can chain their bike up under CCTV. Therefore if the call is to do things like this, then I'd broadly be supportive, but much less so for spending large amounts of money on relatively short spaces of track, that only a handful of people will use.

    In the long-run, as the road network is improved, these incremental steps to include human powered forms of transport can be made during teardown/replacement as appropriate, but I wouldn't advocate or support tearing up good road network or reassigning it wholesale in the short to medium term.
  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 15, 2021 at 19:25

    Ellie

    Couldn't agree more. Whilst not everyone can cycle and not every journey can be done by bicycle I'm sure that there are many unnecessary car journeys that could be replaced with cycling.

    Providing safe and useable cycle routes will encourage more people to make a transition and start forming better habits. Asking people to cycle more and then further cycle routes will be provided in the future seems a little back to front to me. Create the infrastructure and then commuters will migrate to an easier, cheaper, safer and more convenient option.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 16, 2021 at 22:12

    >In the long-run, as the road network is improved, these incremental steps to include human powered forms of transport can be made during teardown/replacement as appropriate, but I wouldn't advocate or support tearing up good road network or reassigning it wholesale in the short to medium term.

    This can mostly be provided by providing off-road paths like the Eastern Cycle Route and the St Peter's Valley Path.
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