Crapper Cycle Lanes is a humorous guide to some of the worst cycle lanes in Britain. Councils around the land are investing your tax money to provide schemes to make cycling an easy and safe choice, as Britain grows in its awareness of its carbon footprint. Crapper Cycle Lanes exposes some of those schemes from the viewpoint of the people who pedal the roads. The practicality, difficulty and danger levels are rated, and a sentence is recommended for the offending council, ranging from a caution, through to an Asbo or for the worst cases, regime change.
Foreword by Rod King, MBE
It was nearly 10 years ago that Eye Books published the first Crap Cycle Lanes book based on the “Facility of the Month” website pages of Warrington Cycle Campaign. Since 2001 this has featured pictures of badly designed cycle provision every month. Normally when introducing a sequel to a publication a foreword would say how delighted the authors are to be able to continue their previous publishing success. But in the case of Crap Cycle Lanes and its sequel, Crapper Cycle Lanes, this foreword has to be tinged with some regret that such monstrosities are still being foisted on the UK population.
So, this book is testament to the continuing ability of traffic authorities to get things wrong by putting in cycle facilities that fail the functionality, practicality and sometimes safety test.
We should note, however, that improvements have been made in places. We considered naming and faming the best town councils, but the editorial decision was taken that pictures of “perfectly good cycle lanes” were not terribly riveting. At the same time, we feel the warm glow of satisfaction that maybe our little book helped in some way.
In our 2007 publication we called for the implementation of 20mph speed limits as the default for urban roads. In November 2007 20’s Plenty for Us was set up to assist community campaigners who wanted 20mph limits and now over 320 local campaign groups have been formed around the UK. In fact this has been widely adopted by local authorities with most of the UK’s iconic cities now setting 20mph limits for most roads. Now 16m people live in such places and our call is for this to become the national default. Wide-area 20mph limits have become best practice for making our streets better places to walk and cycle. See much more at www.20splenty.org
So please enjoy this book, we hope it will be the last of its kind we ever need to publish.
Rod King MBE –
Warrington Cycle Campaign Founder – 20’s Plenty for Us