Sunday, October 16th 2016 at 10:33AM BST
0.2 percent of the roads in London have been equipped with protected cycleways yet the Sunday Times today claims that road congestion in the UK is caused by “the squeezing of road-space by segregated cycle lanes.” Mark Hookham, the newspaper’s transport correspondent, listed that as the second of four reasons blamed for worsening congestion in the UK. (The other reasons were the growth of white van deliveries thanks to internet shopping, increasing numbers of mini-cabs and badly planned roadworks.)
The claim that “segregated cycle lanes” – of which there are a tinier number nationwide than there are in London – are causing congestion in the whole of the UK is not backed with any evidence yet is now there in black-and-white on the front cover of a supposedly “serious” newspaper.
On 5th October a similar claim was carried on the front page of the Daily Mail, which also claimed that cycleways cause pollution, as if London wasn’t already plagued with particulates.
The piece was headlined: “Cycle lanes lunacy!” and claimed that “more and more are being built across Britain,” adding that “the maddest thing of all [is] they’re often EMPTY.”
Many roads are also empty outside of the peak, but there has been no Daily Mail cover story on that.