Good and bad news for cycling

I’m trying to remember when I learned to ride a bike. I guess I was about ten – but some children in Islington are now learning as young as three, thanks to a partnership between the Kate Greenaway nursery and the London Cycling Campaign. They have a stock of toddler bikes which can be lent out to nurseries and reception classes around the borough.

Meanwhile we are waiting to hear more about the London bike scheme, like the Velib scheme in Paris, which is supposed to be coming from Transport for London. Islington’s an obvious place to start the scheme; low car ownership, and near enough to central London to tempt even the less fit cyclists to try getting there on two wheels.

No news on the bike scheme; but the Mayor of London is pressing ahead with plans to let motor bikes use bus lanes, a move that’s extremely unpopular with cycling groups. It’s also being opposed by Islington’s Lib Dem council.

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