In favour of better and more human cities

vickylass By vickylass, 29th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The local authorities in the Dutch city have set a precedent on how to achieve to have a city clean and more human.

In favour of better and more human cities

The first time I went to Holland, I delighted with seeing bicycles riding about the streets, but few cars... But that was long ago. However, I read that Gronigen's local authorities have turned the Dutch city into one of the cleanest in Europe and, perhaps, in the world.
They've made one way streets for bicycles only, enabling people to cross the city in no time and, on the other hand, to encourage people to stop using their cars and to cycle more in the city.
This is a urban policy that local authorities should implement if they really want less polluted and more human cities.
On these days, in many European cities, the local councils have installed bicycles for hire in many city centre points. This is something to be praised, but such policy becomes useless if they aren't to restrict or organize traffic in a way that cyclists can cycle safely on roads. Thus, these people that cycle in the streets of any city centre will be obliged on cycle on footpaths, mixing with passers, whether children, young or old.
It's what I say. Street footpaths are for people that walk only and not for wheeled vehicles. Every vehicle that has wheels is to go on roads and not on street footpaths for people, because on footpaths, they'll come across children, old people whether on wheelchairs or clutches. With their speed, cyclists will certainly provoke a serious accident.
Bicycles are to go on roads, but for this, local authorities must restrict traffic to let them cycle safely.
How good it'd be a city in which people walk or cycle more to go wherever they have to go. This policy will enable a less polluted city and a more human one just like the authorities in Gronigen have done. They've set a precedent and a solution for traffic congested cities.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. July 29th 2015.

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Authorities, Bicycles, City, Cyclists, Holland, Streets

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author avatar Retired
30th Jul 2015 (#)

London is a case in point. Many more people now cycle in the city, with cycle hire being readily available with the new "Boris bikes" seen everywhere. However, there are also far too many cases of cyclists being killed, especially by lorries whose drivers cannot see them when turning left.

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author avatar vickylass
30th Jul 2015 (#)

It's what I say. They have to organize traffic in a way that cyclists can cycle on roads with appropriate signalling. In doing so, many more people would leave their car to cycle more.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for Sharing article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jul 2015 (#)

Now motorized two wheeler is an increasing sight that approach pedestrians by stealth and take them by surprise. And they are faster than the pedaled ones.

We need a re-look at traffic rules and roads and lanes so that all can exist amicably - siva

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