5. Cycle facilities and infrastructure must be suitable for use for all types of bikes and cyclists.
Cycles come in many different varieties, and new models are introduced all the time. Tricycles, tandems, velomobiles, hand-cycles and bicycles pulling trailers all have extra requirements. However, all too often, cycle infrastructure is designed around a "standard bike" which can lead to usage being very awkward, especially at tight corners and where obstructions have been used to prevent access by motorcyclists or drivers.
The same diversity is seen in cyclists themselves. Bicycles are used by mothers with children, children on their own, people carrying shopping, tourists not familiar with the area and disabled people as well as sports enthusiasts or unencumbered adults on short rides. All need to be able to use the infrastructure in safety. Bollards, obstacles that are difficult to see, blind corners and slippery surfaces are therefore forbidden.
School areas need special consideration. Children lack the experience and insight in traffic adults have. It should be safe for children to ride to school at a young age, safe enough for parents to trust them to.
Diversity on cycle-paths is a good thing. It means that everyone can enjoy cycling and reduces the number of car and public transport trips.