The film above is a short CNN report where Richard Quest looks at how cycling works in Copenhagen, and the new challenges the city faces as a result – cycle congestion. There are plenty of lessons in the film for UK cities in light of new research about cycling in the UK. Basically Brits are not going to take to their bikes in large numbers while they fear the consequences of doing so, and – as Peter Walker argues in a blog entry – this needs kilometres of segregated cycle lanes.
Why then does London Cycling not have this as one of its demands to candidates for Mayor of London at the 2012 elections? One of its 4 options on its 2012 election page – Continental-style high streets – is too wishy-washy in its wording.
The solution for cycling in London is simple but costly – segregate cyclists from traffic wherever possible and people will take to their bikes. Now which candidate(s) will advocate that I wonder?