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"Boris Johnson's cycling plan is great – but we'll still need to ride tough"

Link to The Guardian

"Mayor Boris Johnson has just announced ambitious plans for the "de-Lycra-fication" of London. As part of his drive to get more people on bicycles and make the capital less intimidating for new and existing cyclists, he's promising lanes on landmark roads such as the Westway, a redesign of several notorious junctions and "Quietways" through residential areas. 

"It all sounds great and with luck will catch on across the country. Up above the city, cruising magnificently past Paddington and stationary cars, cycling could once more become a thing of joy. Commutes reduced from hours to minutes, generations of children pedalling to school unmown by rogue HGVs.

"As Johnson points out, what stops many people from cycling in London is fear. Entirely legitimate fear, since you can be quicker than Wiggo and lit like the Heathrow runway, but if you're not intimidated by playing in the traffic around Vauxhall Cross or Elephant and Castle, then there's something very wrong with your adrenals."

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