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Pedal power


I was disappointed that the State of the Nation report made absolutely no reference to walking or cycling. This reects the general focus of the industry on big, high investment, long delivery projects aimed at treating symptoms, rather than cheaper solutions tackling transport issues at source.

It also reects a general loss of ofcial interest in cycling.

While cycling has grown in some key areas the general picture is bleak, with levels in many areas stagnant.

We now have the legacy of miles of poorly designed 'cycle infrastructure' that pay little heed to the needs of their target users and have become another problem and deterrent for cyclists, instead of a solution.

Here in Cambridge, ve times as many people (25%) commute by bicycle as do by bus (5%).

So why is the 'local transport' section focused exclusively on bus and light rail?

Nobody can pretend that they don't know about the problems created by car dependency. The only solutions that address all of these issues are the simplest - drive less, drive more considerately when you have to, and walk or cycle whenever practical.

We need to stop brushing it under the carpet.

Alasdair Massie, senior engineer, Hannah-Reed, Telford House, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5HB

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