|Street scene in a new British development|
It has been policy in the UK for many years now to provide inadequate space for cars to be parked.
|Cars cars cars, in the way because people have not|
been provided with enough space to park.
|And yet more cars even on corners. Residents are given no|
reason to cycle, but also nowhere to put their car
I was astonished then that people would buy a house in such an area and I'm still astonished.
|Dutch street scene: Design to encourage cycling. Car parking|
is given separate space
|By bike you have more routes and more direct routes than by car|
No-one parks their car on the pavement or on the cycle path. There's no need to do so. As a result, neighbourhood conflict due to parking is very uncommon and of course cycling or walking through this area is easy.
|No need to obscure the cycle-path when there is ample room|
to park elsewhere.
The design encourages cycling by positive steps, not by trying to make owning a car unpleasant.
That's the difference in attitude:
- Focus on making cycling pleasant, safe and direct as has been done in the Netherlands and it has a chance of becoming popular.
- Focus instead on making conditions bad for driving and you'll simply end up with grumpy drivers.
Carrot or stick ?
There are more posts about this new Dutch housing estate.