Saturday, 28 December 2013

Recycling cycling

There is an interesting snippet of information available around the governments own predictions about cycling. It makes you wonder why CaRT are so busy encouraging cyclists onto the towpath. Especially in view of the governments own research that claims that the use of cycles is little more than a passing fad. 

Transport minister Robert Goodwill has told MPs that the government’s official traffic forecasts predict that cycling in England will carry on growing for just a little longer, until 2015. Then it will then drop significantly by 2025 and to continue to stagnate until 2040.

At the same time, England’s population is expected to increase. Crucially the officials who’ll decide where transport cash is to be invested. Will be investing in the infrastructure based on the prediction that cycling will fall by 22 percent after 2015 and stagnate by 2040. 

So much for the much vaunted “cycling revolution” that was launched just a few short months ago by the Con-a-Lib government. David Cameron said: “This government wants to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle – as well as encouraging far more people to take it up.”

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