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Sticks as well as carrots are necessary to boost cycling

Roger Geffen Cycling UK, Guildford GU2
13 July 2021
 

Prof David Metz finds that pro-cycling policies are more likely to attract people from public transport than from driving (LTT 28 June). I don’t doubt that he’s right, in many situations. However, this will not always be true, and it certainly isn’t inevitable.

In a car-dependent city with non-existent public transport, carving out cycle tracks from space on wide car-filled roads is likely to prompt a shift from car use. Conversely, cycle provision will have very different...

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