A joke of cycle lane
Updated: 2014-12-12 07:55
The 20-centimeter bicycle lane in Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a violation of cyclists' right to use the road, says an article on gmw.cn. Excerpts:
Some people have complained that the 20-cm bicycle lane on Zhongtongren Road in Chengdu is too narrow for cycling. It forces cyclists to "spill over" onto the driveway or sidewalk, creating trouble for pedestrians as well as car drivers.
Transport convenience is a vital measure of people's livelihood. Many Chinese residents still use bicycles to commute to and from work and for sundry other purposes. Bicycles are a good means of transport for short distances. Plus they are a cheap, convenient, environmentally friendly and healthy way to travel. According to unofficial estimates, Chengdu has several million bicycles, including e-bikes. This means millions of residents ride bikes on Chengdu roads everyday.
If we look at national urban traffic and road planning regulations, the 20-cm cycle lane is at best a joke. The 20-cm cycle lane literally reflects local authorities' narrow mindedness. Therefore, the local officials should take immediate steps to widen it to a decent width to enable cyclists to enjoy their rights. Many may consider the width of a bicycle lane as an insignificant issue, but it shows how much the authorities respect people's right to use the transport mode of their choice.
Although the number of cars has been increasing rapidly in recent years, the authorities should realize the significance of bicycles as a green mode of transport, and respect cyclists' right to use part of all roads. People's health and the environment are no less important than rapid economic development. This is something the local authorities should never forget.