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London Experiments with Cycling in the Wrong Direction

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Come summer, London-area cyclists (that’s London, England, BTW) will be allowed to ride against traffic in limited areas in a field test to see if it encourages more people to ride by opening up routes off the main roads.

As quoted in The Evening Standard, Christine Mackenzie Cohen, chairwoman of the corporation’s planning and transportation committee, said: “This project has two main benefits: safety and convenience. It will make cycling in the City safer by enabling cyclists to avoid busy streets.”

She said council chiefs were confident that allowing two-way cycling on one-way streets would not endanger the lives of motorists or cyclists. “The City of London Corporation has spent a lot of time and effort researching the safety aspects.”

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15 years ago

This is a hugely bad idea. Wrong way cycling is the number one cause of cyclist death. Doing the unexpected in close proximity to lethal devices is an excellent way to remove yourself from the gene pool. Exceptions to the vehicle code are steps toward singling out a group of road users (in this case cyclists) from the mainstream that they might be excluded (read banned) from the roads.

15 years ago

Grendel makes an excellent point here– riding against the flow of traffic is also known as suicide by bike.

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