Reduce speed limits and give priority to cycles and pedestrians on more country lanes

I use my ebike a lot in my everyday life, including when I am picking up my children from school or taking them places and I find it quite easy to avoid the big roads. During the day, I feel relatively safe (even though I am always extremely careful). But I would never cycle with my children in the trailer during the morning and evening commute as I find that a number of cars are using the small lanes to beat the traffic and are making them unsafe for cyclists. I think the green lane network should be extended to ensure that whatever the time of day, cyclists are able to commute safely on a dedicated network of lanes. This would avoid the huge cost of having to create cycling lanes.

Why the contribution is important

I have noticed that a lot of people would like to cycle to work but don't because it's not safe. If we want to encourage more people to cycle, we need to create safer conditions for people who are willing to cycle but are currently concerned for their safety (rightly so), including parents dropping off their children at school. 

 

by Em on February 16, 2021 at 11:09PM

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  • Posted by NickyW February 17, 2021 at 09:30

    I think this is an excellent idea! I used to love cycling in Jersey, but when I returned after a spell in the UK I found the roads had become far busier than I was comfortable with. Bike's are very vulnerable in these circumstances. The use of bikes should be encouraged.
  • Posted by Dp20 February 17, 2021 at 11:57

    Completely agree. We have a network of smaller lanes that can form an ideal "backbone" to an active travel network. This does not require costly extra infrastructure such a cycle lanes etc - it just requires us to reduce the volume of motor traffic on the smaller lanes. This can be done in a number of ways - speed limits, prioritisation (e.g. designated lanes proposals), physical traffic calming. In the long term this will have a beneficial impact for all road users since many more short journeys will not require a car as people grow more confident and feel safer cycling/walking.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 18, 2021 at 12:29

    Yes! Fully agree.

    The problem is often that the green lanes don't really lead anywhere though before you're shoved back on a 40mph road. We need to close those connections and have a proper wide ranging network of footpaths and cycle friendly roads. For example, there are almost green lanes all the way from St Mary to the Mont Felard, but there are short sections of road that are dangerous since there is no footpath or pavement. It wouldn't inconvenience drivers too much for example for the section of Mt Felard between the footpath and Rue de Bas green lane to have a section of pavement with traffic light control, and we could have a cycle/footpath between Route de l'Eglise and Carrefour Selous.

    Any evidence of rat running along green lanes should be resolved with either the use of speed enforcement (like on the Vallé des Vaux, which is too long to restrict access and it be effective) or modal filters (on shorter sections of lane, basically cutting off the chance of them being used as a cut through).

    The lanes provide a great and easy way to unlock our countryside and develop it into a social space that supports tourism. The island already has a high density of roads so there would still be plenty of road space available for main road traffic. One important consideration is that if these lanes are closed, the impact on traffic volumes on the main roads need to be considered beforehand as well as the capacity at junctions (to avoid queues along side roads, we should use more filter in turn junctions like Guernsey do), as pavements can often be quite narrow and there is a lack of safe crossing points on many (no crossing between Iceland at Grouville and Samares M&S on the St Clement's/Grouville coast road for example!)
  • Posted by Jo February 20, 2021 at 08:29

    Completely agree with this. I also commute with my child on the back of the bike and although the route I take is almost entirely green lanes or cycle paths some of the green lanes still feel really dangerous.
    Even without extending the green lane system I think more could be done to ensure speed limits are obeyed (not sure what, I wrote to my parish about our local rat run green lanes and nothing has happened). Also there could be more publicity about exploring and using different routes, very often you see cyclists on the big busy roads (where they have a total right to be!) but they could be on the parallel quieter lanes having a much nicer time.
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