As a Brit living Vienna I was very excited about The Times Cycling Campaign when if first was made public because it was a big sign that Cycling in Britain Goes Mainstream. Their 8 points were nice but focused on symptoms without really understanding the problem. For example fitting mirrors to trucks is a good idea but will not really make it pleasant for a 10 year old cyclists to share the road with them. However the Times have stuck at it and are relaunching their initiative and if this article is anything to go by they are really on the right track.
Austria did a better job with its 10 point manifesto, and in terms of Cycle usage and infrastructure is well in front of the UK. However Vienna is way behind where it could be potentially.
This all just confirms to me that the world is changing and the bike is a big part of the answer for the foreseeable future of urban mobility. So I hope the focus in Vienna also changes to infrastructure quality because that is where I see the biggest barrier to utility cycling by a large proportion of the population.
So please to check out and support The Times Cycling Campaign and lets hope this political realisation is contagious.
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