Sweet mobility

Traveling by bike

Motorized transport is an important source of noise and air pollution. Sweet Mobility, (ie non-motorized mobility), is more environmentally friendly.

It includes: walking, cycling, roller blades, electric scooters, etc. It is also a great way to maintain physical and mental health as it is a practice that solicits human muscle strength.
Among the modes of  “Sweet Mobility“ the bicycle is the most advantageous for the distances (10 to 20 km) in urban areas. The bicycle is much less inexpensive compared to the car, in “an energy saving“ point of view and think of maintenance and even production costs… Indeed, the manufacturing of cars requires the use (and waste) of more natural resources than bicycles. The problem of finding parking space almost never arises for the bicyle because it is so small that one can easily store it practically anywere. During peak hours, the bicycle is more efficient than the car because it can escape from road congestion (and who likes road congestion… NO ONE).

Bicycle travel can be fluid and secure on only one condition: roads must be laid out in such a way that bicycles can move easily and safely alongside motorized vehicles. These arrangements organize the flow structure and thereby reduce accidents. There are three types of developments that are most commonly used, Cycle paths: a strip on the right side of the road with a width of 1.20m, is separated by a white line to separate from the motorized vehicles and marked by the symbol of a bicyle drawn on the asphalt. Sometimes it is completely separated from the roadway by a sidewalk for pedestrians.

30km zones : These  are limites where cars cannot pass the speed of 30km/h. The car therefore gives priority to cyclistes.

One way and two way cycling paths : In one-way paths, bicycles can travel in two opposite directions. Each direction keeps constantly the same side of the track. Streets having this rule, have speed limits of cars reduced to 20km/h. To this is added a board sign announcing beginning and end of this zone.

Cycling facilities exist in several countries. For example, what is the case with Edmonton, Alberta Canada? In the beautiful parks of Edmonton there are plenty of bike paths. However, those built into motorized mobility lanes are not found. To make mobility safe for bicycles it is necessary to make a sacrifice. Then a question arises: Are we ready to sacrifice 60cm of the sidewalk and 60cm of the roadway? The answer is unknown but it is clear that Edmonton has the advantage of having wide roads and sidewalks, and there is usually green space at the edge of the sidewalk. It’s a question of choice to redevelop the roads.

Hanene Laouar

Author: Hanene Laouar

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