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Home for the bewildered


I was amused to discover that 4% of engineers in your NCE 500 poll (24 June) do not know whether they cycle to work. I suspect they do not since, as regular exercise improves mental capacity, cyclists normally remember how they get to work!

On a more serious note, I was surprised that 11% cycle to work more than once a week.

This implies that civil engineers are five times more likely to cycle to work than the rest of the UK workforce that only makes 2% of its journeys by bike. Why then, is this appetite for sustainable transport rarely reflected in the NCE?

Every week I read with dismay the 'Stop the Transport Cuts' campaign to reinstate the road-building programme at a time when we should be focusing our professional energies on travel demand management.

There is huge untapped potential for shifting to walking and cycling since some 25% of car journeys are less than two miles. So let us start taking walking and cycling seriously as a viable form of urban transport and give it our professional attention.

Sarah Parry-Jones (M), Sustrans London regional manager, 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ

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