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It’s stunningly welcome but Ken Livingtone’s £500m plan to create 12 bicycle superhighways and kick-start a Velib-style scheme with 6000 down-town rental bikes may not play well to the electorate.
According to Transport for London, the investment will pay dividends because by 2025 five percent of all trips in London will be by bicycle. Just five percent for an outlay of £500m?
News of ‘bicycle motorways’ (sic) won’t go down well with Evening Standard readers, or writers for that matter.
Green Ken is taking a big risk. In just a few short months he goes up against the biking behemoth that is Boris Johnson. Alienating key voters at such a time takes balls.
Over the years, Livingstone has shown himself to be a politician willing to risk popularity in favour of the greater good. Love him or hate him, you can’t fail to respect him.