Opposition to bike lanes 'massively' overestimated

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Opposition to bike lanes 'massively' overestimated

According to a new poll, resistance to bike lanes is overestimated.

The majority of people (56%) support programs to promote cycling and walking. This was the result of a survey commissioned by a cycling charity.

According to a YouGov poll of 2,094 UK adults commissioned by Cycling UK, only 19% oppose it.

But only one in three respondents (33%) think that the public is generally in favor of such measures. 29% believe there is overall resistance.

Since May, the government has allocated a total of £ 250 million to the UK councils to fund the launch of active travel initiatives.

This was in response to fears that the coronavirus pandemic would result in more people traveling by car.

Many local authorities have installed Low Traffic Neighborhoods (LTNs), which include separate bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and roads closed to car traffic.

Opponents claim they are aggravating the congestion and have managed to convince some councils to suspend or downgrade their programs.

Cycling UK campaign director Duncan Dollimore said: “Too many councils overestimate the opposition to these programs and overlook the evidence.

“In the past few months there have been several reports in Cycling UK from people claiming there is widespread opposition to building new bike lanes, but this and other polls show that nothing is widespread – just a small number of loud voices.”

“This survey shows that people clearly want safer and cleaner streets that are safe for their children to play and exercise on, but they massively overestimate public opposition to cycle paths.”

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has threatened to reclaim money given to councils if they don’t consult communities about LTNs.

He has also directed the local authorities receiving funding to provide monitoring reports on their systems six to 12 months after they are opened to highlight how they have been changed based on local feedback.

Howard Cox, founder of the automotive printing group FairFuel UK, accused the government of implementing “anti-driver guidelines” that “trump common sense”.

He said: “Riders mainly support cycling. However, they do not support virtue signs that signal roadblocks or new cycle paths that are eating into existing roads.

“The increase in urban congestion, emissions and economic damage, especially for white vans and freight forwarders, are the paradoxical consequences.”

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