Pedestrians and cyclists don’t mix?

Some video taken this Saturday afternoon, on East Street in Horsham.

Everyone rubbing up alongside each other quite happily.

Although this is often described as a ‘shared space’, it is instead – as you can see from the sign upon entry –

a ‘Pedestrian Zone’ in which the only motor vehicles allowed are those loading, or those accessing the two disabled parking bays on the street. It’s not really ‘shared’ at all, except between bicycles and pedestrians.

This is a pedestrianised street, that’s shared with bicycles. It’s great.

Provided, of course, that the number of motor vehicles attempting to use this street remains low.

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10 Responses to Pedestrians and cyclists don’t mix?

  1. Usually cycle down here to the east after work, looks like I was here just a little before you today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGSC5iocgdw 🙂

    A lot of cars come down here between 5 and 6ish.

    • Just missed you…

      I think a lot of the driving in the evening involves the picking up of people who work in the Carfax – people who are too lazy to walk a little distance from their place of work, and/or drivers who think the rules don’t apply to them.

    • John Moran says:

      My experience is the opposite to your observations. A lifetime of noticing the problems of bicycles in areas where pedestrians should feel safe has led me to the conclusion that any lack of demarcation between cycling and walking areas leads to unacceptable risks to both. I recently visited Amsterdam where the mixture of bicycles and Pedestrians is well established and I admit to being terrified at every crossing at the potential for collision. I literally needed eyes in the back of my head. If I were an elderly person or a child I would not have been able to cope and indeed it was telling that I saw neither of such demographic in the areas I visited. The reality is that even the motorised vehicles were easier to deal with than the cyclists because of the straitened predictability of their passage and the forewarning of their approach. I’m not a fan of cycling proponency and this is due to a lifetime of near misses on pavements and pedestrian crossings; the behaviour of cyclists in pedestrian areas needs to be controlled more tightly rather than less as a matter of common courtesy as much as the obvious and demonstrable hazards they present.

  2. wyadvd says:

    looks like you slow down to almost a walking pace (as you would have to ,if you were to ensure the safety of unsuspecting peds) . So might I suggest walking might be the sensible transport option here?

    • Perhaps walking would be a sensible option, but as I can cycle at walking speed where appropriate, and cycle a little faster than walking speed, also where appropriate, I don’t really see the need to dismount. I cycle on this street twice daily – at least – and I’ve never had anything approaching a conflict with a pedestrian.

      We can cycle slowly, you know…

  3. wyadvd says:

    there also appears to b a “no cycling” sign in the lower photo. I assume you have to dismount here. Remind me not to include an obstacle course like this on my commute. Id be getting up half an hour earlier!

    • The street is only a couple of hundred metres long, and my video captures it at its busiest, a Saturday. At most you would have to allow about thirty seconds more – the extra time it would take to walk the street, instead of cycling. Ordinarily the street is empty enough to cycle at a reasonable speed. This isn’t rocket science.

      As Horsham Cyclist points out, the ‘no cycling’ sign applies to the next street, during trading hours.

  4. The no cycling sign is for the next street over, Middle Street. Which is a no-cycling zone during trading hours.

  5. Cyclists and pedestrians mix happily here on the Worthing Promenade too, and along the coast at Lancing (which used to be too-narrow-segregated-lanes). Cyclists really do moderate their speed according to the pedestrian density, even the racing types in lycra. But the main benefit of legally allowing cycling in places like this is that normal sensible people use the route, outnumbering the hooligans-on-bikes that give cycling such a bad name.

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