‘Smart pave­ment’ cause of con­cern


SO­CIAL me­dia users were not im­pressed with en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Arup’s “smart pave­ments” con­cept to help make life eas­ier for driv­ers and cy­clists.

GLENN PIPER: So mil­lions more wasted on use­less tech­nol­ogy and stud­ies and road­works etc, all for an ar­ro­gant mi­nor­ity who think they are in­de­struc­tible.

There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son cy­clists need to be rid­ing side by side.

Lit­er­ally give me just one le­git­i­mate rea­son they can’t ride sin­gle file and I might re­con­sider my opinion.

If they need to pass an­other slower cy­clist, do what­ever other ve­hi­cles on the roads do – check over your shoulder, move out when safe, over­take, then move back in.

Ve­hi­cle lanes have al­ready been shrunk to the bare min­i­mum to al­low bi­cy­cle lanes with­out mod­i­fy­ing the over­all width of the road at all.

They have an en­tire ded­i­cated lane to ride in.

Use it, stay in it, ride sin­gle file, and see how the pub­lic’s at­ti­tude changes to them.

TONY BULSTRODE: It doesn’t change the over­all width of the road, car, truck or bus.

They use the same amount of real es­tate re­gard­less of the lines and the cy­clists won’t obey them any­way.

GARRY WHYLER: Sin­gle file and shouldn’t be al­lowed on the road be­fore sun­rise and af­ter sun­set, they are so hard to see es­pe­cially with on­com­ing traf­fic with those bright lights blar­ing at you.

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