Cycle lanes don’t cause traffic jams: they’re part of the solution
The theory that bike routes clog motor traffic has moved from the internet to the newspapers. It’s time to counter the myth
Thursday 6 October 2016 07.00 BST
The headline on the front page of the Daily Mail definitely made me sit up and take notice. “Cycle lane lunacy!” it boomed, next to a photo of a cyclist on a bike lane, kept safe from a line of cars by a kerb.
My first thought was: ah, good, the Mail finally agrees it’s lunacy we have so few decent bike lanes. It seemed gratifying, if unlikely. But then I saw the smaller headline below, and my heart sank: “The new blight paralysing Britain.”
It sank not so much because of an ill-informed article about cycling in the national press – that’s almost to be expected – but for another reason. This was another example of what you might call post-truth journalism, which has leaped the fence from the internet to the mass media.