Oxford’s first No Entry Except Cycles sign. About half of Oxford’s one-way streets have little islands to allow two-way cycling. Now two-way cycling can be allowed with just a sign. Experience in many countries is that two-way cycling in one-way streets carries no particular risk, and it should be the norm.
Archive for Quiet Routes
Up to age 11, most children walk to school. Some take their bikes, either because they live a little further away, or just for fun. There’s no problem with small children cycling on the pavement (up to age 10). Quiet routes pass close to each school, so older children can start using the road, under adult supervision.
Secondary school means getting up a bit earlier, and meeting your friends so you can cycle together on the quiet route. This was one of three separate groups meeting up in the park. Secondary schools are generally in the suburbs, and served by quiet routes that are mostly separate from the main road routes that adults use to get to the city centre.
Parents need to be pretty confident that car speeds are low on quiet routes, so they can accompany their children using their own bikes. The children learn that you get the best visibility if you cycle in the middle of the street, safely away from doors opening.
On main roads, you can get speeds down by narrowing – there’s enough traffic to help break up sightlines. On residential streets, you can switch parking from side-to-side, or use build-outs on both sides.
On in-between roads, there’s only so many speed cushions you can put in, and sometimes a bit of extra signage is required. Slowly but surely, people are getting the message – 20mph is fast enough in towns.
A certain amount of pavement cycling, especially by children (and accompanying parents) is tolerated, despite being completely illegal.