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Letters to the editor: Issue 574 1 Jul 2011

Segregated cycle lanes: not essential for boosting cycling

David Dansky - Head of training & development, Cycle Training UK, London, SE16

Researcher Dave Horton of Lancaster University is calling for “continuous segregated cycling infrastructure on our busiest urban roads”. He reached this conclusion after examining attitudes to cycling in areas of the country with the lowest number of trips made by bike. He also expressed scepticism about the effectiveness of ‘soft’ (and cheaper) measures such as behaviour change programmes and cycle training.

Dave presented his findings at the recent Cycling Communities...

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9 Jul 2011

I am in agreement with both Dave Dansky and Dave Horton on this issue - Perhaps symptomatically for someone who works in a plural city like Leicester and actively promotes Cycling Culture(s) as the recent conference title suggested.

An holistic approach based on what works to support cycling and overcome barriers including sources of road danger is essential. Here daily cycling numbers are up 130% over 5 years and growth rate of 1,000+ new cyclists every year since 2005/6 has been achieved.

Over the next 5 years we have a challenge to embed and extend the cycling culture(s) into services that serve mainstream, inclusive and diverse communities. The findings, issues and solutions raised by the Understanding Walking & Cycling Research Project - Including serious road-space reallocation along busy arterial routes may help to achieve this.

London like New York is an 'aberration' - not to do with the fantastic growth or otherwise in cycling numbers - but wider economic, political, social and cultural differences between metropolitan and provincial cities included in this study.