Times letters: Cycling revolution could improve all our lives

Sir, Jawad Iqbal is right to be concerned (“Nimbys are putting the brakes on our cycling revolution”, July 20), not just for cyclists, but also for the millions for whom driving is simply not an option. In Greater Manchester, where I work, one third of households do not have access to a car. Without a safe alternative to public transport — which can only operate safely at 30 per cent capacity — hundreds of thousands will be forced on to crowded buses, trams and trains or will not travel at all. In many places, even before schools return, services are at capacity.

This road space is not being given up for cyclists, it is being made available for shop workers, carers, NHS staff …

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