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launceston cycling map

Dark green lines represents safe cycle tracks. Dotted green lines represent door-zone suicide lanes. It is legal to cycle on footpaths here, however, the crossings to give cars access to mid-block cars parks have been made smooth to tell drivers to ignore cyclists and pedestrians using the footpath. This city is insufficiently dense to support frequent (non-timetabled) public transport, or walking. Bikes would give people some other option to driving, but the safe cycling network looks like half digested pieces of spaghetti that came out with somebodies vomit.

 

6 Comments

  1. Simon Russell says:

    I was thinking of this a little while ago; a “safe cycling network” map, based around my house, with all paths reachable without breaks (other than crossing roads).

    It is, of course, completely empty. This is how a lot of people would view cycling; not many people have the luxury of living on a safe cycle route. Legalise footpath cycling, and it becomes a little more useful.

  2. cyclesnail says:

    Yep, unless a network is both CONNECTED and SAFE, it is a waste of space and money

    • Colin says:

      And so every kilometre of cycleway built that falls short of a completing a complete network is a waste of space and money.

      I’m half serious there. Until there’s a reasonably comprehensive network there isn’t much to be gained. Yes, we have to start somewhere, but the start will always be vulnerable to any short-term cost-benefit analysis.

      On the other side, those last kilometres of cycleway that complete the network bring massive benefits for a small cost. But as Machiavelli would advise, some future government will receive the political benefit for that, not the government of today.

    • Steven says:

      Another opinion/observation: you can’t build pieces of a train line. You have to build the whole length from one station to the next station, at least. By contrast, every little piece of cycle track is of some use. Pieces give gravity to a route, and throw a spotlight on the worst black-spots, then the next worst, and so on. One day we’ll get the point when people start complaining there are no roofs over our major bikes routes.

  3. 7homask says:

    And of course you shouldn’t trust what you see on the maps anyway.

    eg Racecourse Rd looks like it should have a cycle lane all the way along (in the door zone of course…). But it’s one of those magic bike lanes that disappears whenever it gets “too hard” to move the cars – sections of 20-100m at a time.

    http://goo.gl/maps/cUomg

    • Steven says:

      I take it as given in Australia that nothing good ever follows a road. The exceptions could be listed in the shortest of lists

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