Planning, Regulations and Standards
Cycling Priorities and Segregated Routes
Many cities have provided cycle lanes where it has been easiest to do so - on wide streets, without having to remove car parking. Although these have provided at least some limited facilities for cycling, these have often not coincided well with where there has been the demand for cycling. Expectations from bicycle riders have also risen in light of greater awareness of European best practice examples in terms of segregation cycling from other general traffic. Having walking and cycling as the most common mode of transport will be the desire (or current situation) on many city streets, although space allocated to them will often be out of balance with this. Strong design standards are essential so cycling can be accommodated on all different types of street, and for the creation of "complete streets".
Making room for cycling
Whilst cities that are late adopters of cycling infrastructure can leapfrog the learning that has occurred in more advanced cities, they also need to start from a lower base of acceptance for space being used to support cycling. In many instances, cities can face a "Bikelash" from car users who have until now dominated these streets and spaces . Handshake cities will learn how cities such as Amsterdam are continuing to take away space from cars, to improve their public realm and the experience and safety of cycling in cities. This includes strategies to better manage, or remove, car parking to deliver public realm and cycling enhancements.