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Cycle lanes installed at start of Covid pandemic help make London most congested city in world

Added 12-07-21 04:36:03am EST - “Supporters claim the extra cycleways boost bike use and cut pollution - but they have provoked fierce opposition from drivers who say they create bottlenecks, with traffic belching out fumes.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Cycle lanes made London most congested city in world”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Miles of new cycle lanes built since the start of the pandemic have contributed to London becoming the world's most congested city, a study has said.

Supporters claim the extra cycleways boost bike use and cut pollution – but they have provoked fierce opposition from drivers who say they create bottlenecks, with stationary traffic belching out fumes.

Now traffic information supplier Inrix has given weight to the critics' claims by saying segregated cycling spaces were one of the reasons drivers in the capital will lose an average of 148 hours stuck in jams across all of 2021.

That is just 1 per cent down on pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, a much smaller decline than many other major cities across the globe, and sees London shoot up the rankings from 2020 when it was in 16th place.

Ministers controversially pledged £250million across the country for measures to encourage people to travel on bicycles and minimise the use of public transport at the height of the Covid crisis.

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