Simon MacMichael August 25 2017
Cyclists in Edinburgh want to see more off-road or separated cycle routes and restrictions on the number of cars entering the centre of the Scottish capital, according to a new survey.
The poll, commissioned by Allan McDougall Solicitors as part of its sponsorship of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, which ran from June 10-18 this year, also saw strong support for tram lines being made safer for people on bikes.
The law firm said that when asked what could be done to make the city’s streets safer for them, cyclists called for changes including:
1. More dedicated, car-free or segregated cycle ways that are connected with each other.
2. Fewer cars allowed on roads in city centres.
3. Checks that installations such as tramlines are safe for cyclists.
4. Penalties for drivers using cycle lanes for driving, stopping and parking.
5. Cleaning and repainting of existing cycle lanes.
6. 20mph default speed limit for all urban areas.
7. Investigation of other cities with better infrastructure.
8. Review of the national transport strategy and budget, with more to be spent on walking and cycling facilities.
9. Road repairs.
10. Removal of setts and speed bumps.
Respondents were also asked about what they did in the event of being involved in a road traffic collision while riding their bike, with many admitting they were deterred from pursuing a claim because of perceived hassle, not knowing how to go about it, and problems in establishing where fault lies.
There was support for the introduction of presumed liability which in civil cases attributes liability to the less vulnerable road user (so, a motorist if a cyclist is injured, or a cyclist if it is a pedestrian who has been hurt) unless it can be shown the injured party was responsible, whether in whole or in part.
The UK is one of just five European Union Member States not to have such a system, the others being the Republic of Ireland, Malta, Cyprus and Romania.