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We’ll be stuck on terrible cycle paths

“If I support cycling facilities, they’ll be terrible, and I’ll be forced to use them, which is even more dangerous”

The response

This is really an argument for demanding excellent facilities – not for demanding none at all!

Cycling should be a mode of transport available to everyone – the Netherlands and Denmark have demonstrated that this is possible.

To oppose good-quality cycling infrastructure is to condemn cycling to remain a niche mode of transport which is only available to a hardened minority – as has happened in the US and UK.

Furthermore, indifference or negativity towards cycling infrastructure has not stopped terrible facilities from being built.

Fast cycling on good cycling infrastructure in Heusden, the Netherlands.

Fast cycling on good cycling infrastructure in Heusden, the Netherlands.

Source: As Easy as Riding a Bike (Copyright, used with permission)

A new cycleway in London, opened in 2015

Vauxhall Bridge, London

A new cycleway in London, opened in 2015

Source: As Easy as Riding a Bike (Copyright, used with permission)

A smooth, wide cycleway in Copenhagen, Denmark

A smooth, wide cycleway in Copenhagen, Denmark

Source: The Alternative Department for Transport (Copyright, used with permission)