Seville to Bears Way

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    The Cycling Embassy of GB have blogged about Sally and co's experience in Seville.

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    It reminds me of Bears Way, and the short lived path in Ayrshire, where initially there was criticism from cycling groups on the quality of the infrastructure. For Bears Way I myself felt "it could be better, and clearly not built by the Dutch". It seems like there's a point where it's good enough for a starting point and worth getting behind. An advantage being that there will be more people to get behind future upgrades.

    How would we define that point? A child could cycle on it?

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    Child friendly does seem to be a good metric. I think the Ayrshire path really struggled with connectivity, Bears Way to a lesser extent.

    I did see similar infrastructure in the Murcia area in Spain but some really bad examples too, like a two way bike painted lane on one side of the road. I really liked the wheel chair symbols, its not just for bikes!

  • I think connectivity is the key point Sally was making in the blog. As in "a dense-enough, good-enough network will create cyclists". Bear's Way and Ayr's Holmston Rd both needed later phases to connect them.

    The odd thing about Seville seems to be local planning process. Consultations go on all the time but nothing happens. So some of public had heard about network of bike lanes. They didn't expect it to be built and no-one objected. Local gov actually saw it through and could say locals were consulted.

    Totally different consultation process in East Dumbartonshire. Ayr had none at the time but Ayrshire Roads Alliance claimed they'd already consulted years before. Also ARA are controlled by neighbouring council so local rivalry came in.

    In the din around Bears Way/Holmston Rd I doubt 'child friendly' point would cut through on its own. However, courting local press with 'feel good'/'what about the children' story might.

    Are FoBW getting stalls at gala days or similar to try and reach families? Say, with postcards/post-its to collect their views?

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