A stolen bike surge is now underway in the city. The number of bicycles, including those with electric motors, reported stolen in New York from March through Sept. 21 was 4,477, an increase of 27 percent from the 3,507 reported stolen during the same period last year, according to the police.
The levels of cycling in the UK had soared by as much as 200% on weekends with a 100% increase on weekdays. One form of transport which has seen a significant increase is cycling; it’s great to see so many people switching to a clean, green mode of transport with significant public health benefits.
The Oxford Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan will aim to make both walking and cycling in the city easier for commuters and others. Its most challenging target is to increase cycling up by half by 2031 from the current 300,000 trips a week to 450,000 cycle trips a week.
According to the Inrix's report, 'Global Traffic Scorecard 2019', traffic congestion costs UK economy £6.9 billion in 2019 and cycling is the quickest way of getting around some of the UK’s most congested cities. On average, UK road users lost 115 hours and £894 a year to congestion.
Cycling is being embraced by most political parties as a means to lessen the problems of urban congestion and transport-based carbon emissions. Ahead of the general election, what exactly are the parties promising to do to change this? And what do cycling advocates make of their pledges?
Members of the Green Party in Cork have said that the recent revelation that the National Transport Authority (NTA) were in the early stages of developing a dedicated office to work on cycling infrastructure that would “focus on schemes in the Dublin City Council area” is a symptom of a wider problem in state funding & infrastructure development.
Some €9 million of the transport budget will be allocated to sustainability projects such as new urban cycle routes and greenways, and €3 million will be given to electric vehicle infrastructure, which will double the number of on-street charge points. More cycle paths will see less congestion and better air quality in our cities. But we need this to be followed through.