The Friday Funny: Community evaluation of bike lanes

Bernard Frippiat. Well designed cycle facilities should combine safety, comfort, directness and convenience. This fine example from Brussels shows how these properties can be combined - with emphasis on the convenience that is sadly often missing in UK facility designs.

This week brings together two issues that seem to be recurring themes in genuine evaluation – dealing with making mistakes and community involvement in evaluation processes.

The Warrington Cycle Campaign has a “Facility of the Month” feature where a photograph is accompanied by an ironic caption.

Rather worryingly these have been running since March 2001 and they have not run out of material.

These have now been collected into a book which was a best seller last Christmas.

This cycle lane lets you smack both your handlebars and your knuckles into a lamppost at 50 metre intervals. Photograph: D. Richards/Warrington Cycle Campaign/Eye Books

This cycle lane lets you smack both your handlebars and your knuckles into a lamppost at 50 metre intervals. Photograph: D. Richards/Warrington Cycle Campaign/Eye Books

Now the Guardian Newspaper has started a Flickr group of world’s worst cycle lanes but with serious explanatory captions rather than ironic ones.

The Guardian states hopefully:

You never know, your picture might just shame your local authority into taking action and make its lanes fit for purpose.

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