|Chatting in safety on "just average"|
|Riding to school. No hands required on|
the sort of mundane infrastructure you
can expect to see everywhere
|Boringly average infrastructure|
kept clear of ice in winter.
Prestige projects are not important at all if they are in isolation and not linked by a grid of high quality routes.
|Not a "superhighway", just a cycle-path|
|High quality routes can also be roads|
if cars are removed from them by
unravelling motor and bicycle routes
|One of thousands of small bridges|
for cyclists doing what it needs to do
So what is this "grid", then ?
It's simple in concept. Within a few pedal strokes of home, everyone needs to be able to reach infrastructure on which they not only will be safe but on which they will feel safe. It must take the cyclist to any destination in a convenient manner and it must be contiguous. No stops and starts, no need to "take the lane" to cross large junctions.
Main cycle-routes should be separated from each other by no more than 500 metres. Secondary routes fill in between to get the spacing down to about 250 m and neighbourhood routes fill in the gaps where needed.
|Conceptual version of "the grid". Cover|
your whole country like this.
Red = main cycle routes 500 m apart,
green = secondary, blue = local links.
However, the everyday experience is as if it were such a strict grid. For instance, from our home we only need to cycle 200 metres on the quiet culdesac in which we live (30 km/h limit) before reaching either of two high quality four metre wide cycle-paths which take us to every possible destination by bike. See the actual map of primary and secondary cycle-routes in Assen in a previous post about "the grid".