- car lane width - make as wide as possible to allow speedy traffic
- how many car lanes are required to squeeze through the desired traffic volume
- look at remaining space - give preferably to walking
- then to cycling (if anything is left at this stage)
So. Scrap the view-from-the-centre-line design approach. I propose we do it the other way round. Let's go outside-in.
- how much space is needed to walk safely here?
- how much space is needed to cycle safely here?
- what's left - design lane width and lane numbers and adjust speeds accordingly
Urban designers are required to transform our streets and roads. They have the vision. A lot has to do with perception change too. Local campaigns for better street environments and neighbourhoods have their role to play also, as have national road safety campaigns.
Designing outside-in means taking away from the car, and only giving to the driver what's left. Bare bone minimum. I think that's a fair approach. Yes, it will cause congestion. In the short term. It's not anything to be afraid of. The road space operates on a self-regulatory basis.
Build it and they'll come.
And yes, along fast busy heavily trafficked distributor roads I want cycle paths. I'd like to glide along (on one of the bikes below, choose a colour) in safety, gracefully, in peaceful harmony with my environment. If we got that sort of thing in Newcastle I do promise not to pull faces at the drivers! It'd pity them.