Cycle Superhighways

28th July 2010 by

Last week the first of London’s 12 slightly painfully bright blue Cycle Superhighways was launched, with aims of improving safety and increasing numbers cycling. But is this really what is needed to make cycling in London safer and more appealing? Are the changes in infrastructure really improvements? And do positive moves to advocate cycling detract from other important issues surrounding environmental sustainability and social justice?

According to Boris Johnson, the superhighways’ blue represents freedom. I see a striking similarity to the Barclays logo (sure, the match isn’t perfect but those Dulux colour-matching paint mixers never do turn out quite how you might have liked and they probably couldn’t return that many thousands of litres of paint to Homebase).
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