A quick note from me this week, proclaiming that “you get the cyclist who you have designed for”. A depiction of that thought process came out of my head this week (below) … let me know if it’s replicating (visual) thoughts that you have seen elsewhere. I’d be interested to hear. Please share it onwards. It’s important I believe, that we talk about cycling in context and that we talk about it creatively too. That should mean that we ought to ‘create’, shift and shape the context and creatively describe and explain the context too.
There are indicators (type of cyclist, type of cycling, type of cycles…) that correlate with cycle modal share and available infrastructure.
Observations that could be made about the ‘ecology of cycling’ are these:
The more predominant the upright/vertical position of the cyclist is in the prevailing cycling constituency, the stronger is a cycling ‘culture’ and its supportive infrastructure and environment (surrounding and enveloping each cyclist protectively). A wider age range can be seen in places with better cycleways and cycle networks. The more the journey is supporting average speed (rather than the racing between junctions, followed by waiting, waiting…), the more consistent and comfortable is the overall cycling experience. In places where cycling is enabled through complete networks and made accessible and convenient to a wider public, a civilising (and normalising) influence on cycling practice is in progress.
I could go on, but you know all that, so I will stop here. As always, please leave your thoughts below.