Review and rethink current transport policy so all road users benefit

Despite the dangers pedestrians and cyclists face, they have been neglected by transport and planning policy. People travelling on foot require barriers and bollards to separate them from other road users. Road construction should include pedestrian lanes and crossings, and the police should enforce speed limits in areas with high pedestrian volume. Policies should also encourage people to cycle and walk instead of using cars.

Pedestrian and cyclists needs must be taken into consideration when road policy, transport planning and land-use decisions are being made. In particular, the Government should consider how non-motorised forms of transport could be integrated into safer and more sustainable systems.

If we are serious about road safety then what is really needed is a massive programme to build good cycling infrastructure and tame motor traffic, plus better enforcement of the laws and improved training. 

In particular stop cyclists riding on pavements. 

This is a danger to pedestrians especially parents with buggies and toddlers. It also lets drivers off the hook by letting them have their own way.

Rather than treating cyclists as a separate species, unconnected to the rest of the transport system, planners should remember that each new cyclist is freeing space on the roads or on public transport for others who do not cycle. Everyone who cycles improves not just their own health, but everybody else’s by reducing pollution, traffic danger and noise.

Why the contribution is important

As a society we are paying an increasingly heavy price from too many cars, too much pollution and too little restrictions. It's time to readdress the balance and put pedestrians and cyclists needs first.

 

by charlieboy on April 29, 2018 at 09:18PM

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  • Posted by RobH April 30, 2018 at 08:09

    Prioritising people should be the aim of any civilised society which is why the road safety strategy is a big part of Government’s long term strategy to enable more people to walk & cycle short journeys. For anyone who doesn’t understand why this is now a major strategic aim for Governments and local authorities world wide need to understand the economic impact the IoM currently faces from
    a) road harm (injuries/emergency response/rehabilitation etc) £20+ million a year every year for the last 15 years

    http://roadcrashindex.org/

    b) inactivity £16+ million a year and rising.

    https://www.gov.im/[…]/ph03-dph-report-final-pdf.pdf

    This shouldn’t be a surprise when we’ve induced behaviours through road design and infrastructure and prioritised one mode of transport for so long.
    The Dutch use ‘sustainable safety’ which identifies best use of roads and who and what is the priority. For those who will never use a bike or walk (our mostly) short journeys to school/shops/work will be pleased to know this doesn’t stop you drivin at all just re-focuses the priority by road design and speed limits. Link:

    https://www.swov.nl/[…]/fs_sustainable_safety_background_archived.pdf

    The World Health Organisation and British Medical Journal now urge Governments to ‘do all they can to enable active travel’ following the biggest medical study including 250,000 participants in the U.K.

    https://www.bmj.com/[…]/
  • Posted by Linmac April 30, 2018 at 08:11

    Agree, the islands roads are not currently designed for cyclists apart from part of Peel road. If the Island has a policy for Active Travel then this needs to be translated into better road design and separate cycling routes. Also the walkers and runners on our roads are as vulnerable to vehicle users passing too close, mounting pavements, parking on pavements and just not seeng them.
  • Posted by Becksy April 30, 2018 at 21:03

    Fear of cars is a huge barrier stopping people actively traveling on our Island. It especially prevents a lot of our children being able to travel independently to school or other destinations. We need to reduce traffic speed (and ideally traffic volume) in urban/residential areas particularly around schools and widen pavements where possible for safer and more pleasant use. The Main Road Onchan scheme went some way to addressing this but fell short in my view as the pavements are still dangerously narrow and the cars still skimming past too fast.
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