I was about to write something on this very topic but this says it, really. The question that councils and national government should be asking, faced with people doing the ‘wrong thing’ on foot or bike, is “why do they feel it necessary to do this?” then deal with the cause – nearly always a case of poor design. If councils and their road engineers simply involved the users in the design process (which is what I understand all design should do), we will help them produce infrastructure that people will actually use. Do’t just take my word for it, read on:

As Easy As Riding A Bike

In Horsham, there’s a street where people cycling consistently break the law. South Street is a one-way street in the centre of town; stand here for any period of time, particularly in the morning or the evening, and you will see people cycling ‘the wrong way’ – either on the footways, or in the carriageway itself.

IMG_4247 Going the wrong way

IMG_4136 Also going the wrong way

Why is this? Well, South Street has to be seen in context.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.45.55 South Street is the short link, marked in red, with the arrow showing the ‘correct’ direction

South Street forms part of the one-way route through the centre of the town; you can only drive through the town from the roundabout to the south-west, to the junction at the north-east – not in the opposite direction.

There were good intentions here – the centre of Horsham has very little motor traffic, and it travels at…

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