POLL: Have cycle lanes contributed to road safety?

Thursday, August 4, marks national Cycle to Work Day as workers are encouraged to cycle their commute. Workers are urged to recognise the health and environmental benefits of cycling to the office.

Cycling in the UK has surged by almost 200 percent on weekends since Covid lockdowns. 

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Earlier last month, the Government announced the second cycling and walking investment strategy.

The aim is to ensure at least 50 percent of journeys in towns and cities are walked or cycled by 2030.

Some £35million has been invested in the National Cycle Network and a new £8million e-cycle programme was launched in May. 

In 2020, across Great Britain, 141 pedal cyclists were killed, while a further 4,215 were reported to be seriously injured and 1,938 slightly injured, according to the Department of Transport. 

Cyclist fatalities rose by 41 percent while cycling traffic increased by 46 percent.

The research found this would increase cycle routes on London’s streets from just two percent to 16 percent.

Researcher Nicolas Palominos said: “London has a real opportunity to create a comprehensive cycling network. 

“This would both make cycling convenient and attractive and achieve concrete progress in promoting sustainable urban mobility.”

So what do YOU think? Have cycle lanes contributed to road safety? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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