The Embassy is furthering the goals of the roads lobby

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There seems to be a train of thought within the cycling World that the Cycling Embasssy of Great Britain is somehow in the pay of the ‘Roads Lobby’ and that it is our express intention to get cyclists off the roads making them better for motorists. Both claims are completely false.

We would argue that campaigns up to now have done a wonderful job already for the ‘roads lobby’ (who or whatever they are) by making cyclists the eternal David to the motoring Goliath on our roads, except this is one ‘battle’ that will never be won. There is also a lack of understanding as to what ‘segregation’ actually means – past thinking assumed ‘segregation’ to mean ‘segregate bicycles to allow freedom of movement for motor cars’, when in fact the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain (and indeed Dutch Policy) would define ‘segregation’ as meaning ‘segregate motor cars away from people to allow freedom of movement for everyone’.

This involves a combination of high-quality cycle infrastructure network, 20mph speed limits in populated areas, permeability to eliminate ‘rat-running’ and opening up town and city centres to pedestrians and cyclists with obvious benefits to wheelchair users, disability groups and other more vulnerable sections of society.

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