Tuesday, January 24th 2017 at 9:05AM GMT
Reading between the lines it appears that cycling minister Andrew Jones and transport secretary Chris Grayling do not support the building of any more protected cycleways beside busy roads. This can be gleaned from a lightly coded message included in a letter meant for public consumption.
Jones wrote to cycling blog The Jersey Pocket which had set up a cut-and-paste letter to Chris Grayling after the transport secretary appeared not to include cyclists as “road users” in an interview with the Evening Standard.
Grayling said: “I don’t think all the cycle lanes in London have been designed as well as they should have been. There are places where they perhaps cause too much of a problem for road users …”
This was taken by many to mean London’s kerb-protected Cycle Superhighways were proving to be inconvenient to motorists.
Writing to The Jersey Pocket (which provided a direct email to the secretary of state following a letter from TV commentator Ned Boulting), cycling minister Jones bigged up the forthcoming Cycle and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), but appeared to pour cold water on it, too: