Adding dedicated cycle infrastructure *is* catering for all.
You’ve sniped at cycling regularly on these pages; claiming it’s mostly middle-aged middle-class men. Now we can see the growth of other age groups on bikes you snipe at it being mostly commuters. Of course it is, we need safe routes before the children and the elderly will cycle.
I accompany my 8 year old to school and back. I want her to cycle on her own, she can’t at the moment because we are daily aggressed by drivers. I could drive her, I have a car in the garage, but I refuse to use a car for the school run. We could get the bus but what is a 10 minute cycle would be a 35 minute bus journey, plus the expense, plus filling up an already overcrowded bus route.
Cycling, despite the aggression of the motor traffic, is still the best way.
I want dedicated cycle infrastructure so she, and her school mates, can cycle in safety; giving them the daily exercise and autonomy, which leads to healthy development, as our Dutch neighbours’ children enjoy.
Sadiq Khan’s approach to improving the streets for cyclists and others will be mindful of the weaknesses of his predecessor’s
Wednesday 12 October 2016 22.19 BST
As Sadiq Khan and his deputy for transport Val Shawcross assess applicants for the role of cycling and walking commissioner, it is becoming ever more apparent that much must be learned from the failings of the previous mayoral regime.