I'm sure that the first two points are pinched direct from Denmark, or possibly one of the other Scandinavian countries. Never the less, both brilliant ideas.
I was listening to a radio discussion about cyclists and cars and two thoughts occurred to me:
First, we have to somehow get this idea that the roads BELONG
to cars out of peoples heads. I don't know how we do this, I suppose by long term education, like the drink driving, seat belts (don't mention clunk click every trip!
) campaigns of the past.
Second: London is not the UK. There must be far more recreational / sport riders outside our cities than there are in them, and to regard all cyclists as being the same is as nonsensical as regarding all car drivers as behaving in the same way.
I saw a great comment from a cyclist who travels all over Europe on his bike. He said that when he is riding on the continent, he can always tell the nationality of the driver as they overtake him.
Those that pass and give him plenty of room, are from European countries like France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Those that almost clip him with their wing mirrors are from the UK.
When I hear of the increasing number of hit and run incidents involving cars / vans and cyclist; including the guy who died at the side of the road having been hit by a van, and who was only found when his family went searching for him, then I do wonder what kind of society we are living in.