Londoners Taking to Bicycles in Record Numbers

The number of commuters taking to bicycle in the city have tripled since 2000, while commuting by car has been cut in half.

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February 15, 2016, 5:00 AM PST

By jwilliams @jwillia22


Boris Bikes, London

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Since the turn of the century, London has seen the number of commuters traveling by bike triple from 12,000 daily commuters to 36,000. Jason Sayer of The Architect's Newspaper reports that despite the growth, London still lags behind other European cities, including Madrid and Oslo, which have moved to limit automobile access to their city centers. However, as ridership grows better infrastructure is being built to meet demands for safety and access.

Cycle “superhighways” have been introduced by Mayor Boris Johnson during his tenure, though many argue that while these are a step forward, they still fail to provide a physical barrier between cyclists and drivers.

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