Last Saturday in London, a sort of sight-seeing-tour-by-bike took place, riding a pre-mapped route to view London’s 10 most dangerous places for cyclists.
London has many of the same problems with road design that New Zealand cities have – road networks and blackspots that encourage people in cars to drive aggressively and that are flat out dangerous for anyone on a bike or on foot. And here in Wellington it’s not just the driving that is aggressive and dangerous, it’s the parking too.
For example, the angle parking at Oriental Bay, Thorndon Quay, Kilbirnie and other places is dangerous for both the people on the road and the people backing out of the parks. I’m told that WCC rejected reversing the angle of the car parks on Oriental Parade because people would complain that it was too hard to park.
Giving in because people would complain? Is that a good reason? My answer would have to be “It’s about road safety. Deal with it.” and I don’t see why the Council didn’t say the same thing. Road safety trumps all else, doesn’t it..?
Anyway, back to the Tour du Danger. Unsurprisingly, Londoners are sick of the situation and took to the streets by the thousand to say so. People went with their kids, their parents, their friends, and their organisations. Along the way, they took time to remember the riders killed and injured at the blackspots. The idea and execution of the Tour seems to have been a smashing success.
What do you think of the concept? If there was a Tour du Danger here, would you ride out on it?