Every £5,000 invested in building new cycle lanes only results in one extra commuter taking their bike to work, a new study has suggested. The Department for Transport has pledged to spend £2 billion on cycle lanes across the country over the next five years in a bid to encourage people to ditch their cars. It is hoped the radical programme will help cut pollution in our towns and cities, while also encouraging people to get fit. But critics claim the plans are causing chaos for motorists who are being caught up in gridlock, while many cycle lanes remain empty. Now an academic study has attempted to quantify how successful the schemes have been in encouraging people to get on their bikes. Researchers from the Economics And Human Biology journal have estimated that so far it is costing the Government £6,153 for each new cyclist in inner London and £4,174 in other areas.
Telegraph 22nd Nov 2020 read more »