A TV commentator has urged places like Sussex to follow London’s lead on cycle lanes.
Ned Boulting, who will appear in Horsham next month, said too many cycle lanes have been installed in some places too quickly for people to support him.
But he said London has successfully introduced many new cycle lanes and he urged other regions to follow suit.
He said: “I think if we’re being honest post-Covid, I think the active travel community may have gone too far too quickly and not brought the general population along.
“Maybe it was a bit overwhelming.
“The evidence is overwhelming in favor of making these changes.
“Living in London, where the changes have been quite profound, I think we are at a tipping point with the number of people being pushed to bikes by the economic crisis. There’s a really compelling argument for not driving.
“It’s a real feeling to see bikes consistently outnumber cars at rush hour. And it feels like it’s here to stay with the newest generation of road users who see bikes as the best mode of transportation.
“It’s the old saying, ‘If you build it, they will come.’
“But it won’t happen overnight.
“And when did widening the roads reduce congestion?
“Add two lanes and they fill up. When people get out of their cars and onto their bikes, space is freed up for cars. I find it amazing that it can’t be explained in a simpler way.”
On the challenge of getting more people on two wheels, he said: “It is absolutely important that cycling does not become this niche activity.”
Ned Boulting will perform in his one-man cycling stage show Re-Tour de Ned at Horsham Capitol on November 3rd.
Re-Tour de Ned takes the audience through the history of the Tour de France, including bringing the race’s origins back to life in 1903 and re-enacting 2022 winner Jonas Vingegaard filleting fish at a Danish fish factory. Fairly accurate imitations, a retelling of the Little Mermaid story and confirmation of why you don’t want Wout Van Aert at your wedding are all included as Ned’s show highlights the trepidations and triumphs of the world’s greatest bicycle race.
Ned said this show is for all cycling fans, from those who ride often to those who just enjoy watching it from time to time.
He said: “This show is for everyone who saw the tour on the box. I don’t mind the expertise. It’s also because of my trip.
“The point of the show is to have fun. The days are getting shorter and it’s about bringing a little bit of July and the Tour de France back into our lives for all of us.”
When asked about people’s shared love of cycling and France, Ned says it’s central to the joy and meaning of road racing.
He said: “That’s why road racing is different and better than any other sport. You can’t separate it from the landscape. This is not the case, for example, when you watch an ice hockey game.
“The Tour de France depends on France. It takes inspiration from the French countryside and that dictates the race. For the majority of people, this is the only bike race they will see all year round. And for many people, watching France is just as important as the cycle race itself. When I first started commenting, I wasn’t quite sure how important this aspect is, so in recent years I’ve started picking up the 12th-century churches embrace the route.”
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