I’ve become a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra)

At the ipaper

Manchester is a similar size to the two cities considered the promised land of urban cycling, Copenhagen and Amsterdam (and its rainfall is actually no worse than the latter). Yet the Dutch and Danish cities weren’t always so cycle-friendly, but rather took a conscious decision to change. After the Second World War cars came to dominate Copenhagen, as across western Europe, and bike use fell significantly. The Danes didn’t like this, and resolved to adopt car-free days, removed parking spaces and gave cyclists priority.

Change of pace In the Netherlands cars also became ubiquitous and cities began to be designed around them, but by the early 1970s, by which time road deaths had trebled in just 20 years, a campaign group Stop de Kindermoord (Stop the Child Murder) arose in response. Segregated lanes went up, bike use increased, and road traffic fatalities plummeted – now one-seventh of what they were then (although this was one of several factors).

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