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Bike ability: Are planners geared up for the cycling revolution?

Words: Simon Wicks
Cycle lane

With the Tour de France racing through English towns and cities from 5-7 July, the UK’s cycling culture is in the spotlight. Are planners doing their bit to make cycling a safe and attractive mode of transport?

Britain opened its first dedicated cycle path in 1934, a two-mile track alongside Western Avenue from Hangar Lane to Greenford Road in Ealing. Eighty years later, the UK’s national cycle network extends to 14,500 miles. But ask any cyclist what they think of Britain’s cycling infrastructure and they will tell you that it is overwhelmingly discontinuous, poorly designed and badly maintained........
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