When cities encourage citizens to cycle everyone benefits. A cycle-friendly city is a healthier, cleaner, quieter city. A more productive city (cycling has been shown to half sick days and could boost overall British productivity by £13.7 billion according to some sort of study or something. Your average worker takes around 4.5 days off a year whilst a cycling worker takes on average 2.4 days off a year). But that’s all pretty irrelevant, though we all know the language our great council speaks. It speaks money.
But we don’t all have to speak this way, we can speak our own language. Our language is the language of health and happiness, a language that is universal. A language that is vitally important. We want this city to be healthier and happier. So lets look at some tips:
1. Cycle paths!
A great British cycle path.
If there are more cycle paths then cycling can be safer and easier! We can also maybe solve the plague of people cycling on pavements in Liverpool. Pavements are for where your feet go, roads are for where wheels go. Many people, however, are more comfortable with being the biggest thing on the pavement than the smallest thing on the road. Is this something to do with insecurity? Or simple fear? Probably a bit of both, for some it’s much more comfortable to bashing past people and intimidating old ladies than it is to feel intimidated yourself by trucks and buses rushing past. That makes sense. But paths would get rid of this easy.
2. Safer bike lock ups
Whilst not rife, bicycle theft is an issue in Liverpool, and facilities in the center could be better. If people could always think of a safe and secure place to lock up their bikes they may be more comfortable with taking them around with themselves everywhere. It’s not to hard, and it would go a long way to giving cyclists some piece of mind.
Next week, we’ll look at some more ways of getting people on their bikes. See you then!