It is worth noting that the street on which the film for the article Breakin’ the law was taken is part of the main route from the eastern suburbs to the city and beyond. It should therefore, as a matter of logic, cater for all users.
It is my contention that cycle lanes etc ought generally to be incorporated into main routes; cyclists, like every other commuter, want to go from A to B in the shortest time possible. Sending bikes on the longer scenic routes or not catering for bikes at all is thoughtless and inconsiderate traffic planning.
I recognise that there are sometimes legacy issues that restrict flexibility in infrastructure – many of our streets were originally tram lines and not designed to cater even for the width two cars require. Nevertheless, sometimes all that is required is a bit of outside-the-box thinking – including allowing bikes on the footpath where necessary.
Clever thinking is something I’d like to see more of around here. Yes, smart solutions can cost money. But it’s still cheaper than building more roads for more cars.