Empty pop-up cycle lanes suggest it’s unlikely that people will be forced to cycle says Alliance of British Drivers (ABD).
The comments come following the Prime Minister’s latest support package to be handed to cyclists. Last week Boris Johnson announced that thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription will be rolled out under new plans to overhaul cycling in England.
The ABD, a voluntary organisation promoting the interests and concerns of Britain’s drivers, however questions the motives behind the support given to cyclists.
ABD Spokesman Paul Biggs said: “Cycling infrastructure is a good thing providing it doesn’t remove road space from essential motorised traffic, which inevitably results in more congestion and emissions. If this was really about exercise there are better and safer forms of exercise that could be promoted by the government instead of cycling.
“The recent ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes and closing of roads has already caused uproar with residents, commuters and delivery drivers, who face delays and diversions, along with dangerous delays to emergency vehicles. Empty pop-up cycle lanes suggest it’s unlikely that people will be forced to cycle if they really don’t want to.”