Thursday 25 May 2017 17.43 BST
Amid fevered discussions of Brexit, the NHS and social care, not to mention the suddenly renewed importance of security and tackling terrorism, it might seem a bit niche – almost frivolous – to ask what the party manifestos are saying about cycling.
But I’d argue it’s interesting and worthwhile for a couple of reasons. To begin with, as I’ve endlessly argued on this blog, getting significantly more people on to two wheels can bring enormous benefits to the nation.
A big move from driving to bikes for shorter trips would vastly boost public health, reduce pollution, make the roads safer, make transport more accessible for younger, older and poorer Britons, and many with disabilities.
It would, above all, help make our towns and cities more liveable, based around human beings who are travelling at speeds where they can interact, smile at each other, stop at will to chat, and not pose a potentially lethal danger to others.
The second, connected reason is that looking properly at cycling arguably shows a party being creative about policy solutions.
Take, for example, health and social care. Yes, there is a need for more money and resources, but there’s a good argument that prompting a chronically inactive nation to become more physical could hugely ease the burden on both services in the long term.
I’ve kept it to the main national parties, not least as the SNP’s manifesto was delayed after the Manchester attack and will now not be out till next week.
So here we go – the good, the bad and the entirely absent: