Inspired a little bit by DezB's pavement rant and something I've been mulling over in my head over a winter of commuting through Hampshire and various "state of the infrastructure" comments people have made what do you think could be the longer term solutions for better journies for all? Ignoring political will and accepting that you might need things to be worse before they got better.
So here's my starter for 10...
The premise: Far too many short journies are done by car when shanks' pony (that's walking to you youngsters), the bus (tram or monorail) or a bike would be a much better mode of transport.
I am starting to think that the solution is to stop improving the roads for cars and in effect start making them deliberately less convenient. In particular to take space away from cars, especially in urban areas, to give to cleaner more sustainable modes of transport that space and more priority.
I am under no illusion that in the short term congestion would be worse but I wonder can you make enough "carrot" of safe brilliantly designed facilities balanced with a suitably large "stick" that people will eventually break and try something other than a car.
I'm not sure if you can go far enough or not without causing societal chaos but I can't help thinking the carrot alone is not enough!
My follow up for 5...
Cycle facilities on trains that actually hold a decent number of bikes on major regional and cross-country routes so you can take your onward transport with you.