As with Marmite, you either love or hate low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), which have prompted bitter rows since Boris Johnson started setting them up 12 months ago to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk or cycle. Rather than back down, the government is embarking on the next stage of the prime minister’s goal to “unleash our nation of cyclists” with a £239 million programme of “mini-Holland” schemes outside the capital. Twelve local authorities are to become “as cycle and pedestrian-friendly as their Dutch equivalents”, according to documents sent to town halls by the Department for Transport (DfT) on June 14. Separately, four local authorities are to be designated GP prescribing pilots: patients will be provided with a free bicycle by their doctor, trained in how to ride it and directed to segregated cycling lanes.
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