|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. In addition to these spaces, these homes
also have garages and extra parking at the rear.
|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.
cycle through residential areas in the Netherlands because they are not dominated by cars.
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 ?
More about Kloosterveen
Read more posts about this new Dutch suburb. Not only does it cater for peoples' private cars, but it is also a place where 2/3rds of primary school children cycle to school as well as virtually all older children. The shopping centre prioritizes cyclists and pedestrians and there is excellent access by public transport.
If people are provided with pleasant enough conditions for cycling then cycling becomes a positive choice for a large percentage of the population. No anti-car policies are required