Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Lille racing ahead of Westminster

 Like Westminster the centre of Lille is chock full of one-way streets but, unlike Westminster, there's clearly a major push to introduce contra-flows for cyclists, facilitating their movement, as the sign above shows. In addition much of Lille's centre has motor-vehicle bans. The result is many people walking and cycling (with no hi-vis or helmets to be seen).

 While there doesn't appear to be a B-Bike scheme, you can hire Segways and Electric Bikes at the rail station.

1 comment:

Overtaker said...

It's actually the law in France that all one-way streets in 30km/h zones must be made two-way for cyclists unless there are overriding reasons not to.

This was implemented in 2008. As you say: we are falling far, far behind our European neighbours.