Marx wrote:(lazy didn’t read whole thread):
Does the current bike lane in Wellington St need changing? Looks OK to me.
Yes and No
It works fine as a bike lane for the people already using it. BUT the people who are already using it are pretty confident. If you want to drivers to start cyclings you need to make it attractive and feel comfortable using. Roger Geller classified Portland's public into four types:
1) strong and fearless cyclists
- MAMAL lycra cyclists make up around 1% will cycle anywhere including arterial rds
2) enthused and confident bikers
- 'normal' cyclists who want defined roadspace such as bike lane on arterial roads or can share space on quite streets 7% of the popultation3) interested but concerned types that may or may not ride - currently drive, pt or walk but would think about changing if the conditions were right such as providing for separated facilities where they feel confortable and can build on their skills. Make up maybe 60% of the population
4) 'No way, no how' people
who seem to indicate they are never going to ride. - I wont even describe this lots, but they love their car or live a fair way away
You also want to be ahead of the curve by providing facilities before they are needed. You dont want it like Public Transport where people arent making the change because of poor services and full trains.
The 'type 3' was me... I think I started about 7 years ago...? or very close to that. PT user / on foot prior. Started in the outer 'burbs all onroad, via backstreets and one with a bike lane - short 5km commute. Easy - I'd seen other people doing it, why not me?
This built into riding into the CBD pretty quickly - but only after having someone ride in with me the first time. Personally, I needed the 'support' of a rider who knew more about where they were going bike-route-wise and just to have that: the initial support. The route was about half shared path, and about half bike laned roads, including Canning, Rathdowne, and LaTrobe.
Surviving this, I started thinking I'd like to do this fabled Around the Bay thing - and got a road bike 10 months after starting commuting by bike, trained, rode ATB 'by myself' (alongside the usual cast of thousands
) around my one year commuting anniversary.
I didn't really know Wellington as a bike route at that point, but use it all the time now, and would say it's no scarier/worse than how I started out.
For me, it comes down to more than just infrastructure. The initial ideation and support has to be there. I was living in a very 'bike favourable' home atmosphere. I like the programs which provide 'buddies' for new riders to ease them into it and build their confidence. But maybe that's just because that's the kind of support I needed as a newbie. I also liked/needed the 'other riders on the road' when I was starting out - that's what made ATB so easy, because I felt supported in the hordes of others out there doing the same thing. More people riding = even more people riding? Funnily, these days, I'd rather ride where no one else goes!!
The type 4... well, I work with a couple of these, and they describe it as terror of the cars - but they also self describe as being terrified drivers!!