Spain is not noted for its cycling-oriented mobility culture. So how come Seville has been so successful? The article lists seven action points that were central to the plan:
- DO have a thoroughly researched master plan that develops cycling as an integral part of the transport system
- DO create a fully linked network of routes that offers the public a practical, pleasant and convenient means of transport
- DO ensure that cycle lanes are safe, and physically separated from cars where necessary
- DO make sure that cycle lanes follow main routes where there are shops, public transport points and people
- DON’T go for the easy option. Creating routes around the back streets is straightforward but not always best.
- DO expect stiff political opposition when trying to fund projects like these.
- DO remember that the alternative is to continue to spend billions on new roads which will simply add to the problem.
Seville offers an example of what can be done with strong political will. Most of these action points echo exactly what Darlington Cycling Campaign has been advocating for our own town. With local elections looming here in May, there is precious little sign that such political vision will be on offer for the voters of the borough.