The planning report for Friargate gives Coventry City council’s policy on segregated routes as follows:
Segregated routes have generally been found not to work that well in practice with pedestrians and cyclists intruding upon each others designated areas and are not considered as attractive in urban design terms given the need for surface markings and signage which result in visual clutter.
So essentially, we face two challenges if we want to get serious about high volume utility cycling:
- How can we show that segregated routes do actually help to keep pedestrians and cyclists apart and
- How we can overcome the stylistic desire to keep everyone “mingling”.
I’ve got a number of ideas on both of these points, but would be interested to here thoughts of fellow cyclists, especially any examples (if they exist) of where shared – or even “co-mingled” routes can result in a substantial uptake in cycling.