The dual network is a concept which provides two types of cycling infrastructure. The theory is that experienced and confident cyclists will use the roads, while those less experienced or confident will use off-road facilities.
The unfortunate result of this way of thinking is nearly always two poor quality routes side-by-side, usually a painted cycle lane on the road plus another one on the footpath. These facilities do not provide good cycling conditions for anyone, and the Embassy opposes them wholeheartedly.
While this model is still current and common in highway design, cycle campaigners are finally starting to push against it. In October 2013 London Cycling Campaign members voted to oppose the dual network in favour of consistent provision.