Sunday, June 19, 2011

Official : Cycles Now Outnumber Cars In London ...

"Cyclists have for the first time outnumbered motorists on some of the country's busiest commuter routes during rush hour." reports Robin Henry in Today's Sunday Times (p.11).

Henry quotes monitoring data from Transport for London, Mouchel/Sustrans and the City of London. The Corporation of London's assistant director for planning and transportation, Iain Simmons said "On some roads such as Cheapside cycles account for more than 50% of the traffic and these numbers are going up and up every year."

However, in London, hundreds of proposals to reduce danger for cyclists on the London Cycle Network and the Cycling Superhighways have been over-ruled in order to maintain motor vehicle capacity.

Well, it's about time politicians, councillors - and other road users - acknowledged that we're here to stay, and started to provide the facilities we demand for cyclists.

After all, we'll be around for longer too, as generally cyclists are much healthier.

Full article here.