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Two-way access for cyclists

The timesonline.co.uk reports today that the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will bring into action a plan to trial two-way access for cyclists on several one-way residential roads.

Regular commuters in London will be familiar with the many one-way streets in the Capital, and occasionally nipping along them can save minutes on a journey. The move is the latest step to persuade more and more motorists onto bicycles, and is welcomed by regular cyclists as a move towards helping the cyclist get around.

“If there is no significant increase in collisions, it will extend the policy to other streets. Many other councils are expected to copy the idea to capitalise on the recent surge in the popularity of cycling.”

Segregated cycle paths exist on some one-way streets already, but this latest move will not separate cyclists and motorists with expensive bollards and street furniture, instead relying on new signs indicating the permission of cyclists to use the roads.

“There will be no dividing line between cyclists and motorists because the council believes that it will be safer to allow them to negotiate their own path past each other.”

What do you think then, a good idea? Or a bad one? Is this a wise step forward for increasing cyclists safety in the city, or a half-baked solution.

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