- Oct 25, 2006
The worry isn't so much that we're all going to be sent to jail - it's that this is all anti-cyclist mood music. If you're now campaigning for segregated cycle lanes next to pedestrians, you're doing it in the context of politicians and every other person with a megaphone to the media banging on about deadly cyclists. It's just a big downer on all the work we need done by councils and so on to make roads genuinely safe.
Governments local and national including our own are very keen to promote cycling and in many areas are taking active steps to do that.
A perception that bikes can be dangerous encourages segregating them.
The huge growth in cycling in the last decade or so means we are on the winning side, sales up by a staggering 50% in many years from it's old two millions per year.
In the areas where the cycling growth has been greatest the fall in accidents has also been greatest, numbers bringing safety. For example when London's cycling was a fraction of what it is now the cyclist deaths used to peak in the 20s each year. Now it's typically in single figures.
And just look at this cycling growth quote:
"Cycling in London has seen remarkable growth," says a new document from the Mayor of London's office and the Greater London Authority. It is sometimes suggested that cycling is a marginal or fringe activity. In London, this is no longer true. In zone 1, during the morning rush hour, 32 per cent of all vehicles on the roads are now bicycles. On some main roads, up to 70 per cent of vehicles are bicycles."
According to TfL, motorists entering central London during the morning peak in 2000 outnumbered cyclists by more than 11 to 1. By 2014, the ratio was 1.7 to 1. "If these trends continue, the number of people commuting to central London by bike will overtake the number commuting by car in three years," believes TfL.
So there's lots to be encouraged by, and the more cyclists appear on our roads, the more attitudes will be forced to change.
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