Hembrow on velocity

To encourage people to cycle, cycling must be fast. It is important that cycling journeys are made efficient and safe as otherwise cycling does not compete with other modes of transport.…No-one has time to waste on inadequate infrastructure which slows them down. There is no demographic group in this country or any other which wants their journeys to take longer than they have to and no excuse whatsoever for building infrastructure which has that result.

—David Hembrow, A View from the Cycle Path blogger

From the canonical Dutch cycling infrastructure blog, a good reminder that cycling, even in Holland’s bicycling Nirvana, must make sense to people doing it. We are not going to build a new society on bicycles from the efforts of people trying hard to go slowly. In order to make riding a bicycle a realistic choice, we have to use our street grid, not meandering greenways.