What paltry thought is given to cyclists largely takes the form of getting them off the road onto bumpy "trails". At least the National Byway scheme appears to recognise that cyclists are neither horses nor pedestrians on wheels. But, like the Sustrans national network, it appears aimed at providing a leisure, rather than transport, facility. How many new car journeys - bikes hooked on the back - will they generate?
The real need is for bicycles to have equal access to ordinary roads and streets, for ordinary everyday travel. Then the bicycle can fulfil its potential for reducing pollution, increasing the fitness of the nation and increasing personal freedom and mobility.
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